You don't want to be a cheetah or a leopard on the Serengeti when the area's lion pride comes calling. You won't survive. And if you're a coyote on the plains of Montana when Mr Wolf shows up (with his pals), don't think about asking him the time. Run.
It's harsh, it seems cruel to us, but it's nature.
Similarly, you don't want to be a small but well-supported local animal charity when the RSPCA shows up, mob-handed and ready to drive intruders off their turf:
The Rescuers Wildlife Sanctuary in Benfleet has been told to stop taking in poorly animals, pending the outcome of an investigation by the RSPCA.Hmmmm. A case of an enthusiastic amateur outfit out of their depth and unable to cope?
It is bringing 17 charges of cruelty against the founders of the charity Veronica Mepham and her husband Rye.
Veronica, 70, who lives at the centre in Watlington Road, strongly denied the charges.Clearly, that's where she's going wrong! She should be wining and dining with government honchos for taxpayer cash, or chasing elderly widows through the courts, like the big boys do...
She said “We have put 30 years of blood, sweat and tears into the sanctuary.
“We are devastated by this. Looking after animals has been our lives. It’s our passion.
“I would never have harmed an animal.”
Despite suffering three strokes in recent years, Veronica has still maintained her work at the charity.
She does all the fundraising to pay for the care of the animals.
The charity is well known in the community and Veronica regularly goes to schools for free with her animals to educate youngsters.I wonder if that's what got up the notably publicity-hungry RSPCA's nose?
Squirrels from the sanctuary even became movie stars when they starred alongside Johnny Depp in the remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Oh, so, those charges. Any substance to them?
I guess we'll have to wait to find out:Comments are interesting, and should be read to a soundtrack of many axes being ground...
The RSPCA court hearing is due to take place in November. A spokesman for the RSPCA would not confirm details of the charges at the time of going to press.