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Shambo: First Blood, Part II

Further to my post a couple of days back on Shambo, the sacred Hindu bull being threatened with slaughter by the remorseless forces of bureaucracy in south Wales due to suspected TB infection, there is further news: not, it has to … Read More

By / July 26, 2007

Further to my post a couple of days back on Shambo, the sacred Hindu bull being threatened with slaughter by the remorseless forces of bureaucracy in south Wales due to suspected TB infection, there is further news: not, it has to be said, wholly good.

Shambo's last avenue of appeal exhausted, his plea for clemency heartlessly rebuffed by the Welsh Assembly (who were no doubt thrilled just to have something to do), Shambo was scheduled for execution this morning at 8am local time. When the government veterinarians showed up with their stun guns and A1 Steak Sauce, however, the monks stood firm. Amidst extraordinary scenes, the doctors were confronted by a sea of garlanded, chanting Welshmen shaking tambourines. Typically, it turned out that the bureaucrats did not have the correct paperwork (see picture, above), and so they were forced to get back in their van and head back to the office. However, one fears that this is merely a stay of execution, and that the Community of the Many Names of God will soon be looking for another celebrity spokesbull.

Rumour has it that the government have now got the correct forms filled out and stamped, and are heading back to the sanctuary as we speak. Indeed, by the time you read this, it is entirely possible that the warrant will have been executed. Sources close to Shambo insist that he is in good spirits; last night he apparently enjoyed a milkshake, fries, and a cheeseburger, after receiving assurances that it was no-one he knew.

For readers whose appetite has been whetted by this brief account, the Guardian is liveblogging the proceedings. Really.

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