Integrity Issue

Doggerel Dave

These lions from Taronga (Sydney) Zoo

Decided on a trip to see the sights.

Dad claimed the idea and he took the cubs too -

(Mum pushed him to sample the city's delights).


Perhaps he was looking for a new den?

But a quick survey of Sydney prices,

(So different from the veldt he last saw when?)

Returns him home where free board entices.


  • Author: Doggerel Dave (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: November 3rd, 2022 08:20
  • Comment from author about the poem: The fence involved, we have been informed, had an ‘integrity issue’ 🙂🤪 🤪 Dad and cubs did return of their own accord, bar one little fella who got lost, was tranquilised and returned to Dad (and Mum)
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  • crypticbard

    Oh that would have been exciting! Taronga was a frequent getaway for us when we lived out Sydney way.

    • Doggerel Dave

      Weren't glamping there , were yer?

      • crypticbard

        Oh that would've been the best, Dave. A nocturnal visit complete with dinner and modcon tent, LOL. Quite pricey we're told. We just took the kiddies on day trips, trains, ferries and lots of walking and eating.

      • Jerry Reynolds

        Free Range Lions, A sight to see.

        • Doggerel Dave

          Certainly saw lots of lions in the tabloids, TV and so on....

        • Bella Shepard

          A change of scenery is nice, but one does long for home after a while. Kids can also be a bother when traveling. So glad that all was right in the end, and the happy family once again safe and sound, after all there's no place like home. I had to smile just thinking about mum and dad. Good one dear Dave!

          • Doggerel Dave

            Thanks Bella - Last two lines, first stanza modified - Mum's role more truthfully depicted.

          • jarcher54

            Delightful doggerel!

            • Doggerel Dave

              Doggerel is precisely wot it woz - and I enjoyed doing it.
              The lion's return/Sydney house prices was a brief comment by an unknown listener on breakfast radio that I felt needed a slightly more permanent home. A fence with 'integrity issues' just boggled my mind.

            • Goldfinch60

              Those lions must have bee great to see Dave.


              • Doggerel Dave

                Seems they were, Andy. Many lions, I think, shared the load on all forms of media. Me - I couldn't see most of them through tears of laughter as I contemplated the fence with 'integrity issues'. Pictured fence off for re-education and counselling.

              • sorenbarrett

                A well told story with wit and a happy ending. What more could you want in such a brief passage. Well written Doggerel Dave.

                • Doggerel Dave

                  Thanks for that, Soren. Sometimes there cometh a piece of news which lasts for a couple of days and distracts from the other crap going on. Full on entertainment - especially when the zooperson joins the act...
                  BTW I really don't mind, honestly, if we drop the formalities - forget the respectful title and just call me 'Dave'...............!

                  • sorenbarrett

                    Thanks Dave

                  • Gary Edward Geraci

                    Delightful, Dog. Inflation effects all creatures without distinction!

                    • Doggerel Dave

                      Yeh - some more than others though, Gary.

                    • SureshG

                      The reason only dad and cubs went out is because mom told him to spend more time with the cubs “or else”!

                      A delightful post indeed

                      • Doggerel Dave

                        Yeh, Dad gets exhausted growing all that hair in his head - Mum has a much cooler brain and must give him a push every now and again...........

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