It was one of
those hot days; so hot that the animals in the
jungle could barely move. They all headed down to
the watering hole. The elephant, zebra, fox, monkey,
duck, rabbits and mice couldn't wait to dive into
the cool water and splash around.
disappointed when they saw the rhino lying in the
middle of the watering hole. There was no room for
any of the other animals. When the elephant tried to
step in, the rhino poked him with his horn. When the
zebra tried to slide in, the rhino nudged him right
back out with his other horn.
"Hmm. This is
going to be a problem," said the fox. "We all want
to get in the water, but the rhino is hogging it up
to himself. What should we do?" The fox glanced at
the other animals.
leaped into the tree. "I'll swing with my tail and
land on the rhino's back. I'll jump up and down
until it gets out." The monkey did just that, but it
didn't matter to the rhino. It simply slipped under
the water. "That didn't work," the monkey said,
jumping back onto the grass.
"I'll climb on
it's horn and tickle it until it laughs so hard that
it gets out of the water," said the mouse. The
elephant picked the mouse up in its trunk and
dropped it on the rhino's horn. The mouse tickled
the rhino. The rhino didn't even giggle. After a
while the mouse signaled for the elephant to pick
him back up. "That didn't work very well," said the
The zebra had
an idea. "I'm big. Why don't I push the rhino out of
the way. If you rabbits will distract him, I'll use
my legs and push him out of the watering hole." The
zebra signaled to the rabbits and moved to the side
of the water. When the rabbits started squeaking and
hopping about, the zebra put his legs in the water
and pushed as hard as he could. "That didn't work."
He couldn't even budge the rhino, so after a while
he gave up and lay down on the grass.
"I guess it's
up to you," the fox said to the elephant. "You're as
big, if not bigger than the rhino. Push him out. Hit
him with your trunk. Do whatever you need to do to
get him out of there. I'm way too hot and want to
lie in that water."
took a deep breath. "Hmm. Instead of pushing the
rhino out of the way, the elephant bent over and
whispered in the rhino's ear. After a few minutes
the rhino climbed out of the water and wandered off
into the jungle. The other animals stared in shock.
"How did you
do that?" The fox couldn't believe it.
"Can we get in
the water now?" The rabbits ran to the edge.
spoke. "I simply told him that if he let us have the
watering hole for the rest of the day, that we would
bring him food all day tomorrow and he could have it
all to himself."
animals thought that was a great idea. They all
jumped in, splashed about and cooled off. The
elephant blew water high into the air and sprayed
"Ah, this is
the life," said the monkey, as he lay on his back,
enjoying the cool water on a hot summer day in the