The puddings, pies, cakes and treats where finished and distributed all in time. The staff at the factory shared a celebratory sweet feast with the zoo keepers. Glad satisfaction warmed the city in the chilly winter night, followed by the aroma of hot nuts and sweet fruits.
But what of that dastardly humbug?
Out of doors the remaining animals were returned safely to the zoo staff. The ingredients and kitchen chaos was collected and tidied. Pudding factory workers, zoo keepers and customers and anybody passing by had lent a hand. Peace crept through the chilly winter night.
Unsettled at the growing harmony Randolph, again, raises the stakes. Whilst the factory staff and zoo keepers struggle to resolve matters, he takes his service revolver and sabre he incites the wilder animals to a frenzy.
Though someone has spotted this nefarious activity.
The joined forces of the pudding staff and the zoo keepers set about the clean up and removal of all those animals gentle and small enough to stay still. While the larger and wilder beasts did pretty much what they liked, for the meantime.
The first explosions freed the zoo's wildest captives, the following charges steered the stampede toward and then into the pudding factory itself.
Almost without exception, customers of the pudding factory were forgiving and tolerant of the unusual incidents. The zoo's kinder staff recovered and returned the beasts as they appeared and business continued as the Yuletide grew nearer.