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Zoo Attendent Cleans Cage of Wildcat Without Fear

Writing in Moody Monthly, Carl Armerding recounted his

experience of watching a wildcat in a zoo. "As I stood there,

" he said, "an attendant entered the cage through a door on

the opposite side. He had nothing in his hands but a broom.

Carefully closing the door, he proceeded to sweep the floor of

the cage." He observed that the worker had no weapon to ward

off an attack by the beast. In fact, when he got to the corner of the

cage where the wildcat was lying, he poked the animal with the

broom. The wildcat hissed at him and then lay down in another

corner of the enclosure. Armerding remarked to the attendant,

"You certainly are a brave man." "No, I ain’t brave," he replied as

he continued to sweep. "Well, then, that cat must be tame." "No,"

came the reply, "he ain’t tame." "If you aren’t brave and the wildcat

isn’t tame, then I can’t understand why he doesn’t attack you.

"...the man chuckled, then replied with an air of

confidence, "Mister, he’s old -- and he ain’t got no teeth." Our Daily Bread.

From a sermon by Clarence Clough, Finish Line Faith, 11/6/2009

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