The man had only been working at the zoo for a week…

The man had only been working at the zoo for a week when

he was asked to show round a group of foreign tourists. One

of the women asked him what the difference was between

echidnas and porcupines.

“The echidnas pricks are longer,” he replied.

The answer caused great discomfort amongst the group and

once they had gone the boss took him to one side and asked

him to be more careful with his choice of words in the

future.

“It’s quills,” he said, “use the word quills.”

A couple of weeks later another group of tourists were doing

the rounds.

“Heh, look at that porcupine,” said one of them.

“No Sir,” corrected the zoo keeper, “it’s an echidna. It’s

smaller, not so dark and it’s quills are longer … but their

pricks are about the same size.”

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