A Parable One day a majestic lion wanted to reassure himself that all the other animals knew and hadn’t forgotten just who was the King of Beasts. So he stalked a grazing zebra, leaped on its back, wrestled it to the ground and roared in its face, "Who is the king of beasts?" Quaking, the zebra answered, "You are your majesty, you are!" “And don’t forget it!” snapped the lion and walked off. Next the lion approached a giraffe plucking leaves from an acacia tree. He sprang onto its back, and with Herculean effort toppled it to the ground. Straddling its neck, the lion roared in the giraffe’s face, "Who’s the king of beasts?" Shivering, the giraffe answered, "You are your majesty, you are!" “And don’t you forget it!” snapped the lion walking off. Then the lion approached a bull elephant tearing branches off a baobab tree. Feeling cocksure all the animals would respond favorably, the lion sprinted up to the elephant, cuffed him sharply on a foreleg and roared, "Who is the king of beasts?" The elephant ignored him. The lion thought maybe the elephant was hard of hearing so he smacked him harder on the leg and roared in a louder voice, "Who is the king of beasts?" Still the elephant ignored him and kept right on feeding. That angered the lion. So he leapt onto the back of the elephant and roared into its right ear, "Who is the king of beasts?" The elephant casually reached over its head with its trunk, wrapped it around the middle of the lion then slammed the King against the right side of the tree, then the left side and finished him off by flinging his majesty over his back and calmly went back to feeding. The stunned lion slowly staggered to his feet, shook his head and sculked off yelling over his shoulder, "Sheesh! You don't have to get pssst just because you don't know the answer."