Friday, November 6, 2009

Mad Enough ...Odds be Damned

We all know mules are sturdy work animals, known for being sure-footed, hardy and intelligent.  But they're still a prey animal, right?  Mules are not predators.  Like like most equines, their first instinct when attacked is to take flight and run away from the danger. Mountain lions, or cougars as they are known in some parts, are fearless and capable stalk-and-ambush predators capable of taking down animals as large as a horse or mule. 

So which do you think would prevail in a fair fight?

If you put your money on the mountain lion, you'd better think again.  Apparently the mule in the pictures below either felt too encumbered by the tack and trappings he was wearing to take flight or maybe he was just mad.  Mad enough to stand his ground and give the big cat what-for.

I don't know who to give credit to for these pictures.  They came to me several years ago in an email that had been forwarded multiple times.  But they are obviously not staged.  That's not a 'trained' mule doing a stunt and that's no stuffed cat.  Kind of impressive, huh?  The cat was the aggressor but the mule is definitely the victor in this fight.  The mountain lion didn't live to take any lessons from this encounter.  But I bet the mule learned a lot about himself and his own abilities that day.

I think part of the reason there's so much frustration and tension in the ranks these days is that we have been indoctrinated with a 'can't fight city hall' mentality.  We watch our taxes and unemployment go up and up.  Meanwhile, our property values and wages sink to new lows.  Even our most basic and fundamental freedoms are attacked and eroded on a daily basis.  It's downright discouraging.  But maybe we need to get mad.  Really mad.  Mad enough to take a stand and fight ...odds be damned.



Anonymous Anonymous said...


From the Outlaw, Mr. Josie Wales
Now remember, things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is.

November 7, 2009 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger WomanWhoRunsWithHorses said...

How true! I've always adhered to the old adage, if it ain't broke ...don't fix it. I added my own addendum though ..but if it IS broke, what have you got to lose tryin' to fix it?

I think enough people in this country might just be mad enough ...
if not now, very soon.

November 7, 2009 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger wolfe said...

Just goes to show you that the will to live beats all.

Thanks for posting this.

November 7, 2009 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger WomanWhoRunsWithHorses said...

Yup, it's not the obstacles we face or the tools we have to deal with them ...more than anything, it's the level of motivation we have that determines the outcome.

Thanks for stopping by, Wolfe!

November 7, 2009 at 1:05 PM  

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