Raising House Rabbits
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Fables & Myths Presents
The Rabbit, the Elephant, and the Whale
Story adapted by Matt Evans
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"Hello, brother," said Rabbit. "Fine day, isn't it?"
Elephant paused to look down at the tiny little creature at his feet and snorted. "Leave me be, Rabbit. I don't have the time to waste on someone so small."
Rabbit was shocked to be talked to in such a manner. He wasn't sure what to do so he left quietly to go and think about what had happened.
He cupped his tiny paws and yelled as loud as he could, "Whaaaaale!!
"Rabbit," Whale said impatiently, "Did you just call me over here?"
"Of course," said Rabbit.
But just then Rabbit had an idea.
Whale looked at him for a moment before falling into a fit of laughter. "Very well little one," said Whale. "Go get a rope and we will see who is stronger."
When he found it, he went to Elephant and said to the giant animal, "Elephant, you had no cause to treat me with such discourtesy this afternoon. I shall have to prove to you that we are equals.
Elephant looked down between chews and chuckled. "And how will you do that, small one?"
Rabbit stood up as high as he could, looked Elephant right in the eye and said, "By beating you at a game of Tug-of-War."
Rabbit took the other end and started off into the jungle. He called back to Elephant, "Wait until I say `pull' and then pull with all of your might."
Whale tied the vine to her tail, all the while smirking at Rabbit's foolishness.
"I will now go and tie the other end to my own waist," said Rabbit,
and hopped off into the jungle.
The look of surprise soon became a frown as Elephant pulled harder
and harder, unable to make the tough vine budge any further.
"That little Rabbit could not possibly be stronger than me," she said
When this happened, poor Elephant went sailing through the jungle and
tumbled head over heels down a steep valley.
Elephant and Whale were completely confused and never did figure out how such a tiny creature as Rabbit could have beaten the largest of the animals.
And to this day, they are very careful to greet little Rabbit with
great respect whenever they meet.
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