Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Crop: Bernard and the Saber Tooth Tiger


“Are gargoyles real?”Bernard asks his Grandma.
“As real as the Saber tooth tiger in the Denver Museum of Natural History! As real as your Grandfather's swan dives into New York Lakes.  As real as the famous Golem that protected our village in New York!”
Bernard recalls the facts about the Saber tooth tiger.   The great mammal lived between 33.7 million and 9,000 years ago. They were very strong.  And that Saber-tooths  could easily kill a human with a swipe of their awesome paws...And those fangs looked like daggers, only white porcelain tips hanging from a furry mouth, like stalactites in a cave.   
He also recalls the great sound of the cat head in the middle of the Denver Museum of Natural History.   An assortment of coins, dollars and miscellaneous debris were held in a glass cylinder under the head. The head roared when one dropped money through the smiling canines.
 The roar was terrorizing. Kids gathered wanting to hear the sound of a tiger.  A tiger that was safe.  A tiger that could not hunt them down in the middle of the night.

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