The wild is an unpredictable place, where tranquility is a foreign word. Follow any nature programme and you will see the fight for survival is part of everyday life in the wild. The lion will devour the antelope, the wolf the boor and the snake the mouse. Take a trip along the Kumai River in Indonesia to watch the primates climb the trees. One arm hugs the trunk as the other grabs a lories from its sleeping hollow. Visit the Chota Nagpur forests of India, walk under the cover of their deciduous trees and see wild tigers chase gazelle. Take a look out your kitchen window and see your dog devouring a bird. In fact we are far more acquainted with the wild than one would expect.
Look to the north for instance where Orang-utan Nelson is set to parade his order of primates around Dublin. Yes, the wild is unpredictable and ever changing. One minute all hell is breaking loose and the next everyone wants cuddles.
The king of the jungle is the lion a proud animal, a fast animal, a strong animal, a magnificent animal. The lion kills other animals, because it is a carnivore. Without food it will die. The orang-utan is another fabulous animal, comical in ways and highly intelligent. As an omnivore it eats both fruit and meat. A greedy animal, one might say. It can swing through the trees of the forest, run along the branches, use the very leaves of its habitat as a napkin to wipe its mouth clean and carry its young on its back. So why can’t the Orang-utan be King of the Jungle instead of the Lion?
The answer: Orang-utans just don’t get politics. Orang-utans need loads of space; living in close proximity to each other causes them to fight. So surviving in just six counties is certainly unhealthy for them but even worse when you throw McGorilla and his troops into the equation. In fact in years passed Northern Ireland looked like a scene from the latest Planet of the Apes movie. Let’s face it these Apes belong to the wild, to the trees, where they can eat bananas and pick the lice from their matted fur.
All primates act on impulse, give them weapons and bombs and they will blow each other to pieces. Give them a rewarding handshake and they will change the course of history. Three cheers for Martin McGorilla.