One day, an out-of-work mime was visiting a zoo. He starts up his act, but just as he starts drawing a crowd, a zookeeper grabs the mime and pulls him into his office.
The zookeeper explains to the mime that the zoo’s most popular attraction, the gorilla, has just died, and they are unable to find a replacement. Worried about the potential loss of customers, the zookeeper asks the mime to put on a gorilla suit and pretend to be the gorilla.
Just until they can find a replacement. After some convincing, the mime agrees. The next day, the mime finds out that it’s actually a pretty great job. He can sleep all he wants, eat all he wants, make fun of the guests, and he gets paid to do it.
This continues for a few days, until the zoo guests become tired of seeing him Iaze around and start paying more attention to the lion in the enclosure next to his.
Worried about losing his job, the mime decides to do something to get their attention. He climbs up a tree and over the wall between the enclosures. Then he starts to hang from the branch over the lion exhibit, swinging back and forth. Of course, this makes the lion furious, but the crowd loves it.
Day in and day out, more and more people come to see him, and his pay grows. The lion gets angrier and angrier, until one day the mime slips. He falls into the lion enclosure. The lion charges after him, and the mime begins to run for his life.
After chasing him for a time,the lion manages to pin the mime to the ground. Unable to take it anymore, the mime screams, “Help, please! Someone help me!”
The lion then opens its mouth and says, “Shut up you idiot! Do you want to get us both fired?”