How Bears Got So Vicious
Once there were four friends and it was nearing winter so they went to find someplace warm to live in. First Bear and Cheetah found a miniature den that they could live in. Then Elephant found a small shelter that he could dwell in. It was really near winter now and Kangaroo didn’t have anyplace to live yet. Then she found a vast den that she could live in.
After a while it was the middle of winter and the friends of Kangaroo got very jealous because she had the biggest den. Poor Elephant had icicles hanging off his trunk and tail. He was very snowy because his shelter was not very sturdy and it was breaking. So he went to ask Kangaroo if he could live with her. She said, “Yes.” When Bear saw this he went to ask if he could live with them too because he thought it would be fun to be all in one big den together. Of course, he would invite Cheetah if he got to live in their den. But they said, “No, because you have more fur than us and you can stay warm.” So Bear went back to his smaller den. The next day Cheetah went to ask and they said yes because he didn’t have as much fur as Bear.
Bear got very furious at this because his friends wouldn’t let him be with them just because he had more fur. He went out of his den one day. When Cheetah saw that he was out, Cheetah went out too. Bear was still very angry so he hit Cheetah! Cheetah fell into the sticky mud and he wanted to wash himself off so he went to a nearby ocean where he washed off. Elephant was getting worried about Cheetah so he went out to see what happened. He didn’t find the ocean at first because it wasn’t in that clearing. First he found Bear. And Bear hit Elephant too! Elephant fell into the mud just like Cheetah. He wanted to wash off so he wandered around and found the ocean.
Meanwhile Cheetah was talking to Whale in the ocean. Whale said, “You might want to go over to the other part of the ocean that doesn’t have any fish. You wouldn’t want to open your mouth to drink some water and get a fish in your mouth and choke. The other part of the ocean has no fish so that’s why I suggest you go over there.” So Cheetah went over to the other part of the ocean. Elephant found the ocean and went to the same part that Cheetah had gone to first. Whale said the same thing to Elephant. So Elephant went over to the other side of the ocean where Cheetah was.
Kangaroo got worried also, just like Elephant, but she wandered off to find an ocean because she was getting thirsty. She found the ocean that Cheetah and Elephant were washing themselves off in. Kangaroo asked, “What happened? Why didn’t you come back to our den?” Elephant and Cheetah told the whole story about how they got hit into the mud and wanted to wash off and they told about the Whale and what she said.
Once Kangaroo was not thirsty and Elephant and Cheetah had finished washing off they went back to the den and visited the Whale lots of times. But Bear stayed in his den for a long time because he was still angry and sad that his friends would not let him in. That’s why Bears are always vicious.