I was watching the old Chuck Jones directed cartoon of Rudyard Kipling's story Rikki Tikki Tavi last night. Used to love it as a kid. It still holds up pretty well. I emailed the link to my brother who noted that now that he was an adult and a father the thought the father in the cartoon should have been a bit more concerned about the mongoose in his house and the snakes in his garden. You know those Victorian dads though. Nothing bothered them in the days of Empire. His wife showed a little concern and...
"Don't you think the mongoose might bite Teddy?
"Nonsense woman! Wild animals never bite children."
"Well what if he has rabies?"
"Why Rabies are good for a boy. When I was a lad, we all had rabies. Builds character"
"By the way, dear. Aren't you worried about all the cobras in the garden?"
"Pish tush. There are only two of them. Gives the place a bit of color. Now back to the kitchen with you, woman."
Not quite that bad, but close. Great cartoon though. See it here.