A biker is riding by the zoo, when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion's cage.
Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the cuff of her jacket and tries to pull her inside the cage, under the eyes of her screaming parents.
The biker jumps off his bike, runs to the cage and hits the lion square in the eye with a powerful punch.
Whimpering from the pain the lion jumps back letting go of the girl, and the biker brings her to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly.
A New York Times reporter has watched the whole event.
The reporter, addressing the biker says, "Sir, that was the bravest and most gallant thing I have ever witnessed in my whole life."
The biker replies, "It was nothing, really ... the lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger, and acted as I felt right."
The reporter says, "Well, I'll make sure this won't go unnoticed. I'm a journalist from the New York Times, and tomorrow's paper will have this story on the front
page. So, let me get some details:"What do you do for a living?"
The biker replied, "I'm a United States Marine."
"And what is your political affiliation?"
"I'm a Republican."
The journalist leaves, again promising a front page story.
The following morning the biker buys a copy of the Times to see if it indeed
brings news of his actions, and reads, on front page:
"U.S. MARINE ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT AND STEALS HIS LUNCH"