Eating My Yamato Nishikikis?
by Bill Naylor
Id received a sales call I was about to
stork from your zoo, has gobbled all mine up.
dont have any storks here.
lights change colour, and of an evening Madge and
I like to sit and watch the fish, and guess which
coloured light is going to come on next. But
every night your stork appears. In the shadows
with its wings outstretched, it looks just like a
Terry- duck- tile."
dont have any storks at zoo. Not one.
wades into the pond licking his beak and starts
stabbing at the fish, you would think he had a
harpoon. Im demanding compensation
I was now
chanting arms aloft We aint got storks. We
aint got no storks. What have we got? We aint got
scared him while he was swallowing fish, and he
regurgitated Yamato-nishikikis all over the
decking. Did you say you havent got any
happen to mention that in passing, yes.
whats them vertical grey things on stilts
near the entrance to the zoo?
Cranes, thats em. One of them is the fish
They are clipped, flightless, grounded, unable to
rise in the air and leave the enclosure, unless
assisted by a tornado.
The caller was
passing on what I said to his wife, and then
relaying her comments back to me.
they are clipped Madge, groundless!
stop em getting sucked up by tornados.
Ill ask him. Our house backs onto the zoo,
and Madge says with their long legs, your
Mademoiselle Cranes could easily have jogged over
here, nicked our the fish and jogged back to the
A seven-foot fence rings their enclosure. And
before Madge asks, they cant jump or burrow,
nor are they allowed out for the weekend."
its a sort of swan then. A fish eating swan
swan! A heron is a water bird with a large dagger
a pelican then. Its a pelican Madge, those
birds you say have got a bag for life under their
chin. I wish youd told me this before.
Youve been wasting my time. (I never
thought I could chew a telephone book in half,
but apparently I can.)
almost certain the bird that ate your fish is a
heron, from the nearby river."
its definitely not a swan or pelican Madge.
Its a heron, from the nearby river. Ill
ask him. Madge wants to known as the bird came
from the nearby river, would the Water Company