The True Story of the Bloodthirsty Ram
Mar 27, 2006
May 02, 2006
Here is the true story of the attack of the ram: We were at the "patting" zoo at the Taronga Zoo, which consisted of only sheep - few lambs, a ewe of two, and two rams. We were feeding the sheep apples, carrots and sweet potato chips over a three-foot fence, and their fuzzy little chins felt nice. After a few minutes, the young zoo attendant said that we could go inside the three-foot fence where a much smaller one-foot fence separated the patters from the patees. The smaller adolescent ram had already jumped the smaller fence and was waiting for an unsuspecting victim. Jim wanted to get a little closer to the cute fuzzies, so he went inside to pet the ram. Almost as soon as Jim went in, the scheming ram placed himself between Jim and the gate. He then gave Jim a nice headbut to the shin. After a somewhat surprised "Ow!", the attendant looked up and said "Oh yeah, he'll do that" (imagine your best Assie accent as you read this). Jim muttered something to the effect of "That would have been a good warning to have before I came in the fence." The attendant then said that it helped to offer food, but before Jim could grab a handful, the ram gave him a second headbut, drawing blood this time. Jim then worked his way around ram with his hand overflowing with carrot chips, and quickly slid through the gate while the little ram was distracted by the extorted food. See the pictures for evidence.