November 4, 2004

Lions 1, Christians 0

Taiwan: Most people know that annoying lions or other large carnivores will usually result in a clue being administered by said beasties. One loony fundie didin't and on a visit to the Taipei Zoo decided that a bit of evangelical zeal was just what the lions needed. They didn't, but they did give the nutjob a good gnawing for his troubles.

A man with psychological problems leapt into the lions' den at Taipei zoo yesterday to try to convert the king of beasts to Christianity.

He was bitten on the leg and arm for his efforts.

Jesus will save you! the 46-year-old man shouted at two lions lounging under a tree a few yards away at Taiwan's main zoo.

Obviously Chen's imaginary friend didn't save him, perhaps he was trying to teach the silly sod a lesson about the dangers of teasing lions.

Come bite me! he shouted, with both hands raised. And they did. Without panicking, the man fell back on a stone ridge, as one lion jumped at him, biting him in the arm. It then clawed at his trousers before retreating in a scene captured by television news cameras.

Guards and other zoo workers were alerted by the crowd and drove the lions away with water hoses.

Police shot the animals with tranquilliser darts.

The man, identified only by his surname, Chen, then calmly picked up his jacket and climbed out of the pen. He was taken to hospital for tests. He had bite marks both at the front and back of his leg, Dr Wang Yao-ching said.

Teng Hui-wen, a psychiatrist, said Chen had psychological problems.

He took this dangerous action today because he imagined he heard voices, Dr Teng said.

Last night Chen was under observation in hospital.

Bloody end to Christian challenge in the lions' den - Telegraph, 4th November 2004.

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Actually, the score for the lions is much higher than that. It's just the players have been on strike for the last 2000 years. I, for one, am glad they reached a collective bargaining agreement and have resumed the fine sport. May the best god win.

Here's how I wrote about it

Apparently, the poor fool was too crazy to understand the irony in his offering to help the lions convert to Christianity, given the historical relationship between lions and Christians. The lion however, seemed to get it.

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