Junah Tales: Episode 15: Rabbits and the Hawk

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Junah Cat and Mo Mouse meet Ralph Rabbit and see how he saves his bunnies from the Hawk.

Episode 15:
Rabbits and the Hawk

Junah Tales by M.R. Neer
Episode 15

Rabbits and the Hawk

Just then, Junah Cat and Mo Mouse saw something gray and furry run out of the hedges by the picket fence near Crow’s tree.

“Look,” said Mo. “There’s Ralph Rabbit. Let me introduce you.”

Mo yelled for Ralph to come over to where they were. He hopped over, curious about who was with Mo.

“Hey, Mo,” shouted Ralph as he got closer. “Who’s the new guy? I haven’t seen him before.”

“This is Junah Cat,” explained Mo. “The sisters brought him in to find the secret of the garden. You got any ideas for him?”

“Well, I’ll be,” said Ralph. “A cat!  I like your fur. It’s soft like mine.”

“Nice to meet you, Ralph,” said Junah. “You really move fast when you hop like that.”

“Yeah, we have to move fast, you know,” said Ralph. “We rabbits have to keep moving. That’s how we eat and stay safe. In fact, I was just about to see how my little bunnies were doing over there by the trees.”

“Oh, you have little ones,” said Junah. “Do they hop as fast as you?”

“Not yet,” said Ralph, “but they will.”

Suddenly a shadow swept over the garden and hedges.

“Oh, oh,” said Ralph. “The hawk is back. Gotta get my bunnies safe!”

“Do you think you have time to run over and get them?” asked Junah, worried about the bunnies’ safety.

“Not to worry, cat,” smiled Ralph. “We have our ways.”  Then, Ralph stopped and started a loud thumping with his back foot.

“Feel that, Junah?” asked Mo.

Junah and Mo could both feel it in their feet as well as hear it with their ears. Immediately, two bunnies came running from the trees back to the safety of the hedges.

“That’s amazing, Ralph,” said Junah. “That was a great way to warn them.”

“Thumping is the rabbit’s secret,” said Ralph. “It’s what makes us special.”

“It’s sort of like when I purr,” said Junah. “That’s my specialty, although it’s not for alerting about danger. I wonder if all the creatures in the garden have some kind of special ability.”

“You may be on to something, Junah,” said Mo.

“What’s your special ability, Mo?” asked Junah.

“I thought you’d never ask,” replied Mo. “Believe it or not, it’s being small and thinking quickly. That’s how I come up with such great ideas and get around.”

“You’re right, Mo,” said Junah. “You may be small, but you’re still a big deal in what you do.”

Junah’s purr: Everyone is special in some way.

 Stay tuned!  Episode 16 will come your way in two weeks. 

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Junah Tales: Episode 14: The Crow and the Orange

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Junah and Mo watch what happens when a crow tries to get the juice from an orange.

Episode 14:
The Crow and the Orange

Junah Tales by M.R. Neer
Episode 14

The Crow and the Orange

Just then, Mo Mouse and Junah Cat heard a loud cawing over by the orange tree on the north side of the garden. They saw a large crow making the racket.

“I wonder what he’s so upset about,” said Mo.

As they kept watching, the crow hopped on the ground near a big orange that had fallen from the tree. It looked like he was going to poke his beak in it to get some juice. But suddenly, the orange moved a few inches away from him. More caws filled the air. He hopped up to the orange again, and it moved away again. This kept happening . . . hopping, moving, and then frustrated cawing. Crow was not getting to taste the juice.

“I wonder what’s making that orange move?” asked Junah.

“Look closer,” said Mo, smiling. “Look under the orange.”

Junah and Mo looked through the slats of the white picket fence to observe this strange event. Long, black lines appeared to be moving the orange.

“Those are ants!” whispered Mo. “They work as a team.” Junah’s eyes got big, and he turned to look closer at the long black lines near the orange.

Now Crow, determined to get some juice, hopped up next to the orange and put his wing over it to hold this moving orange ball steady while he poked his beak into the rind. Squirt! A stream of orange juice shot up from the orange and hit Crow in the eye.

Crow jumped back, rubbing his eye with his wing, trying to get the stinging sweet juice out. The frantic bird hopped up and down, rubbing and cawing.

Meanwhile, the ants now had an opening to get at the juice, thanks to Crow’s beak. They climbed up on the orange and started carrying away the drops of sweet juice. At the same time, other ants rolled the orange out of sight behind the tree.

When his eyes were finally dry, Crow settled down. He looked for the orange but couldn’t find it. Mad, he flew off to the pond to get some water to soothe his eye.

“Isn’t that fascinating?” said Junah.  “Crow thought he had sweet juice, but instead he got stinging eyes.”

“Yes,” said Mo, “and look what happened to the ants. They were worried the Crow would take the orange, but instead his beak created an opening for them to get the juice.”

“Things sure don’t turn out the way you expect,” said Junah. “You just don’t know.”

Junah’s purr: Actions always have a bigger purpose. 

 Stay tuned!  Episode 15 will come your way in two weeks. 

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