MihÃ¡ly from Budapest visited his friend Jan in Prague, and they went together to the Prague Zoo. As they were observing the pair of lions from above, Jan had the misfortune to fall, and was promptly devoured.
Both the lion and the lioness were marked with poor Jan’s blood, but the zookeepers asked MihÃ¡ly if he could identify which of the pair had actually swallowed Jan, because the law of the Czech Republic requires that, in such circumstances, the remains be removed for burial, killing the animal in the process.
MihÃ¡ly averred that it was the lion, and not its mate, that had eaten his friend; he clearly recalled seeing the lion’s mane as Jan disappeared down the creature’s maw.
But, having cut open the lion, the zookeepers were dismayed to find neither hide nor hair of Jan. As a result, they had to kill the lioness as well, and the remains were indeed found in her belly.
And the moral of the story is …
… Never believe a Hungarian when he tells you the Czech is in the male.