Carl, a poor man, was once out of work and was trying to find a job in a zoo Our big monkey has just died and it will be two months before we can get another one, so we want you to take his place. "said the manager.
Carl agreed and he got a monkeys skin and put it on, he looked very much like a monkey. The next day he started to work. It wasn't so bad. In fact, he quite enjoyed it. He climbed the tree in the cage, he stood on his head, and he swung ii） himself from branch to branch. He ate the bananas the people gave him, and he threw the skins at those who did not give him anything. One day he climbed up to the top of the bars （栏杆）。 Suddenly he missed his footing and fell–not on his own side of the bars, but into the lions cage. That great beast was asleep at the time but the noise of Carls fall woke him up. He stood up and looked round to see what the matter was.
Carl had only one idea, to climb the bars again quickly to get back into his own cage. He tried to get up, but he had hurt his feet so badly that he could not move he hid his face in his hands so as not to see the lion coming. The next few seconds seemed like hours. Then he heard the lion whisper in his ear, Don,t be afraid, old man, I'm in the same boat（处境相同） as you.”