The speedy zebra fears the killer bite
And quickly race off in African night
And warns all others with her whinnying cry
'The word is out it's run flat out or die'.
The frightened wildebeest race off in fear
He hear the zebra know danger is near
The very thought all through him send a chill
The lion is out and hunting for the kill.
But male zoo lion you instil no such fear
As you were born in this wired run here
The animals nearby not scared of you
You cannot reach them in a wired in zoo.
They do not even tremble when you roar
They raise their heads and listen little more
And show no desire to bolt and run away
And they do not fear you as a beast of prey.
Your wild kin chase and kill the wildebeest
Whilst on a hunk of man killed beef you feast
And the only life you've ever known is this
But what you never knew you never miss.
the zebra here don't fear the killer bite
And when the zoo lion roars they don't feel fright
And unlike their wild cousins thousands of miles away
They do not fear the lion as beast of prey.
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