Tale of two mam­mals

The elephant and the rat may look worlds apart but then op­po­sites at­tract...

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - STAR CHILD -

WHAT hap­pens when an elephant meets a rat? It is a com­mon western folk be­lief that elephants are afraid of mice or rats. Why? Be­cause it is afraid that the rat will go in­side its ears!

Starchild readers share with us some tales they spin on The Elephant And The Rat. Here are their in­ter­est­ing sto­ries:

Rini Azwa Zul Bahri, 10, tells a touch­ing tale of how one elephant saved a pack of rats from drown­ing while the oth­ers in his herd ig­nored their pleas.

The help­ful elephant tells the rats: “Jump on my trunk, lit­tle broth­ers, and I will carry you over the river.” Be­fore scur­ry­ing home, the rats shouted back: “We are grate­ful. Some­day we will help you, our good friend.”

One day, a herd of elephants which went out to steal sug­ar­cane, fell into some pits set up to trap them. They bel­lowed for help. The rats heard them and ran from pit to pit. Alas, they found their friend, the help­ful elephant. They set to work and pushed dirt into the pit. Soon, the elephant man­aged to haul it­self out of the pit and got away be­fore the hunters ar­rive.

Who is the new King of the Jun­gle? “The lion, tiger, king co­bra, elephant and rat all wanted to sit on the throne,” writes Sim Tiong Yong, eight. “But they have to fight each other to de­ter­mine who is more de­serv­ing. The lion bit the elephant which used its tusks and won the bat­tle. Next, the tiger pounced on the elephant and used its claws to slash it. Again, the elephant fought back, us­ing its tusks and won. Then, the king co­bra tried to kill the elephant but it squashed the co­bra. When the elephant fought with the rat, the lat­ter scram­bled into the elephant’s ear, gnaw­ing and caus­ing it un­bear­able pain. The elephant sur­ren­dered to the rat which be­came the King of the Jun­gle. So the moral of the story is: size does not mat­ter.”

Omm Sri Su­dar­mani, five, tells of how a crab got stuck in the elephant’s trunk while it was drink­ing by the river. A rat de­cided to help the poor elephant. It used a feather to tickle the elephant on its trunk un­til it sneezed and out came the crab. Since that day, the elephant be­came a good friend of the rat.

Lau­ryn Tan Zi Yi, seven, re­lates the story of the rat which res­cued the elephant whose foot was stuck in the net.

“One day, the two friends saw a ba­nana tree with ripe ba­nanas. The rat could not reach the comb of ba­nanas but the elephant used its trunk to pluck it. They both en­joyed eat­ing the ba­nanas. The moral of the story: it is bet­ter to be friends than en­e­mies be­cause we can help each other in times of trou­ble,” she writes.

Sha­reeha Shahreeq, 10, tells the story of a tiny rat which freed the elephant from a trap. “The rat gnawed at the net and made a hole large enough for the elephant to es­cape. The grate­ful elephant thanked the rat and they be­came best friends,” she writes. “One day, it was the elephant’s turn to re­turn the favour. It res­cued the rat from drown­ing in the lake by throw­ing a branch. The two­some then de­cided to build a raft and travel around the world.”

Yeoh Mien Dee, nine, tells the story of a rat which saved the elephant from be­ing shot by a hunter, and the two be­came friends. As the two an­i­mals love ad­ven­ture, they de­cided to travel around the world. They felt the for­est was too small and they wanted to see the out­side world. They flew on a plane, went hik­ing, ex­plored un­der­ground tun­nels and caves, and sailed the seas. They made many friends, in­clud­ing Sum­mer the pink dol­phin and Se­bas­tian the seag­ull.

“Bhu­ven­raj Ganesh,ganesh six, tells the story of Jumbo the elephant and the rat which joined Toy­land Cir­cus.

“Jumbo and the rat came from a poor vil­lage. One day, the cir­cus came to town. Jumbo and the rat de­cided to au­di­tion for the cir­cus and were ac­cepted. They be­came rich and fa­mous!”

Yikes, the elephant is so ter­ri­fied of the rat that it scram­bled up the wall and stuck it­self on the ceil­ing, says Chiew Yi Ling, Erin,erin 10. But it won’t be long be­fore it brings the ceil­ing crash­ing down be­cause of its weight. The ceil­ing is al­ready show­ing signs of stress. Can you see the cracks?

“Elephants are big and rats are small. But the rats can al­ways triumph over the elephants be­cause they are clever,” writes Vys­nawy Thi­a­gara­jan, eight.

The mousedeer in­tro­duced the elephant to the rat, says Elaine Low, eight. They hit it off and planned to sail around the world. The elephant loves to eat plants, while the rat loves cheese.

The elephant and the rat are the best of friends in a trav­el­ling cir­cus, writes Robin Soon Wei Ming, eight. – Com­piled by Ma­jorie Chiew ITEM: If you are al­lowed to keep a dog, which breed would you chose? A bas­set hound, labrador, great dane, silky ter­rier, rot­tweiler, pit­bull or chi­huahua? Why did you pick this par­tic­u­lar breed? Share some fas­ci­nat­ing facts about your favourite type of dog. Do you pre­fer a big dog or a small one? Do you think your par­ents pet?

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.