When summer arrives in the mountains, so do the
mosquitoes. They come in hordes, flying around the rivers and lakes and
torment all the animals.
Mitch, a young moose, was grazing in the pasture,
enjoying the summer sun and gentle breeze when he heard the oh too
familiar buzzing. “Mosquitoes,” he mumbled. He looked around for a place
to hide from them, but there was nothing but grass and wildflowers. The
bugs attacked him, biting him on the ears, tail, legs and body. Mitch
kicked and ran around, but the mosquitoes stayed with him.
Bruce, a bear cub, woke up from his nap and went to
the cave entrance. He yawned and stretched and thought about going to
find some berries. He heard the buzzing. “Oh no!” Before he could run
back into the cave, the mosquitoes found him and bit him all over, even
on the bottoms of his feet. Bruce ran around the woods scratching
himself and trying to flee from the nasty bugs.
Donna pranced through the woods, enjoying the freedom
of being a young deer. She frolicked and romped from one flower to
another, enjoying the pleasant aromas. When she heard the buzzing noise,
she gulped. “Yikes! It's the mosquitoes.” She ran and hid behind an
aspen tree. Its leaves shimmered in the breeze. “Ouch, ouch, ouch.” the
mosquitoes attacked, nibbling at her body. She danced around the woods,
trying her hardest to shake them off, but they clung to her furry coat
and nothing she did got rid of them.
Erica, an eaglet, flew around the top of the
mountains. She looked down on the lake. When she saw a fish she dove
down with talons out, ready to grab the fish out of the water. That's
when the mosquitoes attacked. They bit her tail, her wings and her head.
She flew away without the fish, but the mosquitoes held on to the glossy
brown feathers and didn't let go.
It lasted all summer long. All the animals were fed
up being bitten and they itched too.
One morning a cool wind roared through the mountains
and valleys. Mitch smiled. “Summer is over.” He ran into the pasture and
grazed on the tender grasses. No mosquitoes bit him and he didn't hear
Bruce ran out of his cave. He sniffed the air and
listened. “No mosquitoes!” He ran off to find some berries and honey.
Donna ran through the aspens. It was quiet and
chilly. “No mosquitoes! They're gone!” She rushed off to find some tall
grasses and wild rye.
Erica flew above the lake. She dove down to catch a
fish and flew off with one in her talons. “I love autumn. No
That afternoon they all met in the woods and sat
together under an oak tree's branch. Within minutes they were fast
asleep and not one of them had an itch to scratch.