The sky is falling!
"O Turkey Lurkey!" says Goose Loose " the sky is falling"
Photographing a Canada Goose can get very mundane for a wildlife photographer. By the end of Spring the abundant numbers of these large and vocal birds make photography less than challenging. We can however not resist the temptation as we get excited to see them arrive early Spring year after year. Although I try hard not to publish too many photos of Canada Geese, I found this one way too amusing to keep for myself.
I observed her on her nest staring into the heavens with what seemed to be a look of worry. The Chicken Little story, claiming the Sky is falling, immediately came to mind. When I proofed my photos the result was better than I had expected. I quickly searched for the phrase "The Sky is Falling" and found plenty of renditions of the old fable including a little fact I had not known. The Story of Chicken Little, A.K.A. Henny Penny, A.K.A. Chicken Licken as featured in a 1943 Disney Cartoon is a little disturbing compared to the modern day computer animated Disney Feature. In 1943 Foxy Loxy cunningly uses a number of psychological tricks to lure the farm animals into a cave and eat them all.
Here's the oldest printed version of the Story I could find : http://archive.org/details/remarkablestoryo00bostiala
CHICKEN LITTLE SERIES. BOSTON : DEGEN, ESTES & CO,, Did you ever hear of Chicken Little, hew she disturbed a whole neighborhood by her foolish alarm? Well, Chicken Little was running about in a gentleman's garden, where she had no business to be : she ran under a rose-bush, and a leaf fell on her tail ; so she was dreadfully frightened, and ran away to Hen Pen. " O Hen Pen," said she, " the sky is falling ! " u Why, Chicken Little, how do you know it ? " " O, I heard it with my ears, I saw it with my eyes, and part of it fell on my tail." " Come, then," says Hen Pen, " let us run as fast as we can." 3 So they ran till they came to Duck Luck. " O Duck Luck," says Hen Pen, " the sky is falling ! " " Why, how do you know it ? " says Duck Luck. 14 Chicken Little told me." " Chicken Little, how do you know it ? " "I heard it with my ears, I saw it with my eyes, and part of it feD on my tail " " O, let us run ! " says Duck Luck. And they went on till they came to Goose Loose. " O Goose Loose ! " says Duck Luck, " the sky is falling." " Why, Duck Luck," says Goose Loose, " how do you know it ? " Says Duck Luck, " Hen Pen told me." " Hen Pen, how do you know it ? " " Chicken Little told me." " Chicken Little, how do you know it ? " " O, I heard it with my ears, I saw it with my eyes, and part of it fell on my tail ! " u Run, run ! as fast as you can," says Goose Loose* And away they went till they came to Turkey Lurkey. " O Turkey Lurkey ! " says Goose Loose, " the sky is falling ! " " Why," says Turkey Lurkey, " Goose Loose, how do you know it ? " Says Goose Loose, " Duck Luck told me." " Duck Luck, how do you know it ? " Says Duck Luck, " Hen Pen told me." " Hen Pen, how do you know it ? " Says Hen Pen, " Chicken Little told me." " Chicken Little, how do you know it ? " " How can I help knowing it ? " says Chicken Lit- tle ; "I heard it with my ears, I saw it with my eyes, and part of it fell on my tail ! " " O, come, let us run ! " says Turkey Lurkey. And away they all went till they met with 6 Fox Lox. " O Fox Lox ! " says Turkey Lur- key, "the sky is falling!" "Who told you?" says Fox Lox. Says Turkey" Lur key, "Goose Loose told me." " Goose Loose, who told you?" " Duck Luck told me." " Duck Luck, who told you?" "Hen Pen told me." "Hen Pen, who told you ? " " Chicken Little told me." " Chick- en Little, how do you know it ? " " O, I heard it with my ears, 1 saw it with my eyes, and part of it fell on my tail ! " " Make haste ! " says Fox Lox, " and all come into my den " 7 Fox Lox opened the door, and in went Turkey Lurkey. As she went in, Fox Lox bit off her head, threw it one way, and the body another. Then went in Goose Loose. Fox Lox cut off her head, and threw her in. Then came Duck Luck. Fox Lox did the same by her. Then came Hen Pen. Fox Lox bit off her head, and threw it one way, and the body the other. Then came Chicken Little. Fox Lox caught hold of her, and eat her all up, and then finished his supper with the rest, and all this from the foolish fright of Chicken Little. 8
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