So I found this on Yahoo news. You know, there was a time when being an alligator, a crocodile or a caiman really meant something. Now an otter can kick your ass. My childhood was spent watching Wild Kingdom and I feel like Marlin Perkins lied to me. He probably had hours of footage of alligators getting taken down by otters, but edited the footage to make it the other way around in order to please the pro-alligator lobby.
It seems most animal documentaries use doctored footage to one degree or another, but I think it'd make for an amusing short story if it were discovered that most films have covered up the fact that the food chain is absurdly reversed, and that weak, cuddly, cute animals routinely stalk and devour the animals everyone has been taught to believe are predators. One could imagine in such a world that even zoos exist to further the illusion of the food chain as what people think it should be, rather than what it is. Maybe I'll make a novel out of this idea. I'll call it The Zookeeper's Daughter.
Sean Eads is a writer living in Denver, CO. Originally from Kentucky, he works as a reference librarian.