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I'm Sleeping

By Hop-A-Long  
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ..........................Sorry, well I did say I'm sleeping. Smile

Anyway, where was I. Oh yeah, I popped into town today and decided to take a stroll around the park, feed the birds, play on the swings and maybe speed down the slide. After playing in the park I went down to the duck pond to give them some bread.
As I removed the bag from my pocket a massive flock of ducks and swans came racing over, all of them flapping their wings. Interesting I was thinking, well you could have knocked me down with a feather when one of the swans spoke in a very regimented voice, he said "I say dear chap, I am Flight Lieutenant Flapper Swan of the PAFF and I wish to examine that bag food you have brought for us before any of us eat it".
I stuttered "PAFF?", he replied "Yes, the Park Air Feathered Force, Squadron Quill". "Oh" I said, thinking, well that was obvious, why didn't I get that in the first place.
I decided to keep the peace as the park was empty and as I was on my own and pretty much outnumbered, so I opened the bag. Bad move, feathers began to fly, apparently I had upset him by trying to feed them Warburtons, rather than Hovis. What a mistake to make. It was then I noticed a flock of geese which were airborne and beginning to get into attack formation, I decided this was a good time to basically legit, so I did, legit that is as more and more birds took to the air, some were dive bombing and others were dropping stones.
Finally I entered a different part of the park and the birds turned back, I could see them handing out the bread I had dropped, the cheek of it, it wasn't good enough before. Lets just say I wasn't going back to complain.
I carried on walking and finally found quite an enchanted area full of trees, rocks and flowers, it was beautiful. I started to relax as I wandered through this beautiful place. I rounded the corner and nearly jumped out of my skin. There he was a gorgeous Lion, not dissimilar to the one in my upload, well actually it was the one in my upload. I quickly grabbed this shot before once again legging it, I didn't get very far until I found I had actually ran around in a circle, I then bumped into his companion, I grabbed a shot of her then she ate me.
That's pretty much the end of the story, a little abrupt I know, but take my advice, be careful when visiting your local park.

The two uploads today are actually of the lions in London Zoo. I am not a huge fan of captive animals, but the way these beautiful creatures are mercilessly poached for their fur etc, at least we know two that will be safe and their offspring.

I hope you like them, thanks for looking and for any comments.

Tags: Cats Wild Female Male Sleep Lions Fur Pets and captive animals

Voters: LynneJoyce, Badgerfred, AnneWorner and 23 more


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Comments


LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2012 5:44PM
Lovely candid shot of this magnificent creature. I have a friend in South Africa who says that captive lions are the lucky ones as the ones in the wild have short, harsh lives and are riddled with disease.

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nonur Plus
8 17 12 Turkey
12 Dec 2012 6:00PM
The old guy seems to be very happy among the foliage behind the flowers or berries. He's checking you out, perhaps.Wink
AnneWorner Plus
9 620 43 United States
12 Dec 2012 6:01PM
I'm glad the birds were only dropping stones on you Andy Tongue

I agree about captive animals, but sometimes we have to do it to bring endangered species back. If we humans would just quit mucking with the environment, maybe so many species wouldn't be lost to us.

Anne
never had one speak to me. great shot nice detail. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
franken Plus
14 4.1k 4 Wales
12 Dec 2012 6:14PM
Excellent candid.

ken
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.0k 1552 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2012 6:18PM
It's happened, you've finally flipped. Tea withdrawal symptoms was it? Cold swan instead of cold turkey? Go and brew up a pot and lie down in a darkened room with it...
Nice shot. I don't like zoos either. But I do like the way cats of all sizes regard us with an undisguised air of superiority. He's already imagining you as burgers.
Moira
CarolG Plus
10 199 19 Greece
12 Dec 2012 6:24PM
Two lovely images, Andy, and the tale to go with it is wonderful, as always GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin Carol
12 Dec 2012 7:16PM
Two brilliant shots, love the both

Hugh
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.7k 148 England
12 Dec 2012 7:37PM
You've been reading too much Edgar Allen Poe, Andy Smile but a good somnolent posture on the lion.

Dave
NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2012 8:40PM

Quote:It's happened, you've finally flipped. Tea withdrawal symptoms was it? Cold swan instead of cold turkey? Go and brew up a pot and lie down in a darkened room with it...
Nice shot. I don't like zoos either. But I do like the way cats of all sizes regard us with an undisguised air of superiority. He's already imagining you as burgers.
Moira



Brilliant, so wonderfully captured.

Regards Nathan
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
12 Dec 2012 8:53PM
In v 2 she has got your eye--- all three of them-- What is that crazy doing with one big eye and two squinty ones-- Like both images!
12 Dec 2012 9:10PM
It might be sleeping, but it got its eyes on you Andy. Great shots.
Brian
12 Dec 2012 9:50PM
Great shots Andy still laughing at your story brilliantGrinGrin..Lin
EAS Plus
7 1 13 Scotland
12 Dec 2012 10:22PM
Loved the story line. Goodness knows, you couldn't make it up! Tongue Two lovely images. I especially like V1 and the laid-back Lion look.

Ann
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2012 2:35PM
very nicely done
Glostopcat Plus
10 255 2 England
13 Dec 2012 6:46PM
In the jungle, the mighty jungle
The lion sleeps tonight
In the jungle, the quiet jungle
The lion sleeps tonight

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I'd be lion if I said that i did not love this image and your narrative which brought a smile to my face, I'm not surprised this one has proved to be a roaring success with the epzers'GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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