and Corky Crocodile sat next to the nest. Six eggs lay cuddled together,
ready to hatch.
can't wait until our babies hatch. I'll teach them to swim and to catch
fish,” Carla said.
teach them to hunt and how to find the coolest mud on the banks of the
river,” Corky boasted.
neither of them knew was that during the night another egg had rolled
down the hill and landed in their nest.
one the eggs hatched. Out popped a crocodile. It's tiny jaws snapping up
and down. “That's my boy,” Corky said.
second egg burst open. “It's a girl.” Carla stamped her tail up and down
on the ground.
third, fourth, fifth and sixth eggs popped open, each a boy. “Five sons
and a daughter. How much more could a crocodile ask for,” Corky said.
“What about the last egg? I thought we only had six eggs, not seven.”
odd. I thought the same thing. I suppose we didn't count right.” Carla
nudged the egg with her snout. “It's much larger than our other eggs
tiny crocodiles squealed and climbed out of the nest. “Why don't I take
them into the water and let them have a swim and stretch their legs,”
Corky said. “Follow me children.”
of baby crocodiles marched through the rushes to the river, leaving
Carla behind with the last egg. She looked at it, confused and
bewildered. When the first crack appeared, she gasped. “It's hatching.
It's probably a big boy crocodile. Boys are usually larger than the
girls.” She watched as it cracked more. “Is that yellow I see? Since
when are crocodiles yellow.”
ten minutes the egg burst open. Carla fainted with fright. When she woke
up, there stood a duckling. “Mama,” it said, quacking and waddling
came back with the babies and saw the duckling. “This is not our egg!
Since when do crocodiles lay duck eggs? There must be a mistake.”
the duckling quacked.
take the duckling up the hill and see if we can find his real mama. If
not, we'll have to take care of him. After all, he thinks we're his
parents,” Carla said.
stayed with the babies and Carla nudged the duckling up the hill. She
saw a duck nibbling on some grasses. When the duck saw her, it quacked
and ran away. “Wait! I've got your baby here,” Carla called.
duck stopped and turned to see the duckling. She ran over to her nest
and counted her eggs. Some of them were starting to hatch. One was
missing. “It is my egg. How did you get it? Did you steal my egg?”
sighed. “Somehow it rolled into our nest.” She pushed the duckling
forward. “Take him now and I'll leave before I get tempted to eat him.”
duck ran over and grabbed the duckling by the wing and took him back to
went back to her own nest by the river.
sighed with relief seeing the duckling was no longer there. “You didn't
eat him, did you, Carla?”
tempted,” Carla said, giggling. “Now, let's take our babies for another
swim.” And off the crocodile family went to the river.