The Zebra and the Crocodile By Samantha Burrell PS: click to get to next page
One day on the African savannah, the zebras were crossing the hot plain to get to the water hole on the other side of the river.
The only problem was crossing the river. The river was home to a large, rude crocodile who liked nothing better than a tasty zebra snack. But the zebras were willing to take that risk for the crunchy marsh grasses, sweet flowers, juicy lily pads, and cold water that was at the water hole.
On this day, the zebras approached the river without a care in their minds. It was sizzling hot, and they really wanted to get to the water hole.
While they chattered, Crocodile awoke. He was very hungry, and all he had eaten this week was a wildebeest. He crouched low in the muddy river bottom, waiting for the noisy zebras to cross so he could have something to eat. But the entire zebra band managed to jump over the river except the last, a zebra named Triky. Triky jumped, but fell in with a splash. Crocodile leaped, and soon his teeth were at poor Trikys throat.
However, Triky was very clever and always tricky, living up to his name. He thought up a plan to get out of the river very speedily. He began to talk to Crocodile. Please dont eat me, kind sir! Not eat you?! Ha ha ha! Surely you are joking!
No, Im not! And I can prove it to you! Hmmm… impressive.
I can give you much gold! You will attract many crocodile ladies!!! Gold and many wives! Yes!
Crocodile was so impressed he released Triky on the spot. Give the gold to me now!!
But Triky was on the bank laughing with the other zebras. Hahahahahaha! You old fool! I dont have any gold! Dont believe everything youre told! Tee hee to you, dumb crocodile! Arg!!!!