the elephant, was nothing but a big bully. Because he was so much bigger
than all the animals in the jungle, he thought it was okay to push them
around and make them do things they didn't want to do.
his mama asked him to move a pile of wood out of the pathway, he made
some of the other animals in the jungle do it for him. “Do it, or I'll
pick you up in my trunk and hurl you across the jungle!” The other
animals shook with fear and did as Borko asked.
bright and early morning, before Borko usually got out of bed, the other
animals in the jungle got together for a meeting down by the river. “I'm
tired of Borko bullying me around,” said the tiger.
tired of him making me do all his work,” said the zebra.
I'm tired of everything that has to do with Borko,” said the hippo. “He
comes into the river and pushes me out of the way. But what can we do?”
warthog raised his hand. “I know what we can do.”
turned towards the meek voice. “What?” The lion roared.
bring a few mice into the jungle. Elephants are afraid of mice,” the
be silly. Borko would never be afraid of mice. He'd simply step on them
or suck them up in his trunk and blow them into the river,” the zebra
“Elephants are afraid of mice,” the warthog said.
will we find mice?” The hippo yawned.
go down to the docks, where the people put their boats, we could find
some mice there. I'm sure if we tempted them with cheese and jungle
food, they'd do anything we asked,” the warthog said.
animals agreed and ran about all day gathering coconuts, mangos,
papayas, bananas and goat cheese. They met at the river later that
evening, after Borko had gone to bed.
made me sweep his his hut today,” the lion said.
made me bring him ten coconuts,” the wildebeest said, “and then I had to
pour the milk into his mouth. I've never been so embarrassed in my
of this. Today is the last day that Borko will ever boss any of us
around. I'll take the tiger and the hippo with me,” the lion said.
“We'll go and find some mice and meet you here in the morning.”
lion and tiger ran off and the hippo swam down the river. The other
animals went to sleep, knowing the next day would be interesting and
lion and tiger ran to the docks. A boat was tied up and it was quiet.
“Good. No people are on it. Let's go and find some mice.”
hippo swam up to the boat. “I'm here. I'll wait in the river for you.”
wood creaked as they stepped inside the small boat. “Psst. Mice. We've
got a deal for you. If you'll come with us into the jungle and take care
of an elephant for us, we'll make sure you never go hungry again. Every
animal will bring you food. All you have to do is follow the elephant
wherever he goes.”
stuck his nose out of a hole. “All the food we want? Never go hungry?
What do you want us to do?” Three other mice followed him out of the
come with us,” the tiger said.
went down to the river. “Hop on back of the hippo and he'll take you to
the jungle. We'll run ahead and have some food waiting for you.” The
lion lifted the four mice onto the hippo's back and it floated away down
lion and tiger ran back to the jungle and gathered the food into a pile.
When the hippo showed up with the mice, they pointed to the food.
“Remember our deal. All you have to do is wait for Borko to wake up and
then follow him around all day. If you see him start to bully someone,
run over and grab his tail.”
got a deal,” said the mouse. The four of them gobbled down the food and
waited for the sun to rise.
animals in the jungle gathered around the clearing, hiding behind bushes
and in the tree tops. When Borko arrived, he shouted, “Where are you,
zebra? I've got work for you to do.”
mice squeaked and ran over to Borko.
Mice! I hate mice! Get away from me!” He ran around on his two back legs
crying and squealing like a frightened child. “Get away from me!” The
mice grabbed his tail and hung on. Borko was so afraid that he
disappeared into the trees.
mice let go of him and ran back to the clearing.
animals came to join them. “See, I told you elephants were afraid of
mice,” the warthog said.
then on the animals were able to do what they wanted and never had to
worry about Borko again. When he came around, all the mice had to do was
run towards him and he'd dash away. There was no place for a bully any
longer in the jungle.