Four calling birds

Danger in the jungle 

(AU Jungle Book)

The Indian jungle offices are a-roaring: Shere Khan, the dangerous tiger, had been spotted again. As usual, he is on the prowl and a potential jeopardy to anyone’s youngs. A conference call had been arranged, where the owlet, the bush quail, the wren and the crested serpent eagle are trying to implement a site surveillance strategy.

„The crested serpent eagle calling! We are gathered here to get informed that Shere Khan has been seen in our jungle. Reception?”

The owlet was almost falling asleep, as the conference had been called during daytime.

„I can’t hear you, please repeat,” he said, not to admit he lost the information by dozing off.

„Shere Khan has been seen in our jungle,” the eagle leader repeated, a bit annoyed. „Owlet, I need you to stay on watch during nighttime. Can you hear me?”

„What?” the sleepy owlet asked again.

„He wants you to stay on watch during nighttime,” the bush quail repeated. „And I’ll stay during daytime, in the bushes at the entrance in the forest,” he promised.

„I’ll do it,” the owlet promised.

Now the crested serpent eagle had lost the connection.

„Pardon? What were you saying?”

„The owlet will stay on watch during night time, and the bush quail during daytime, at the entrance in the forest,” the wren said again. „I’ll watch from the other side of the forest, and you should watch from above,” it told the eagle.

„I can’t hear you, I lost the connection”, the eagle repeated, frustrated, without seeing that Shere Khan was exactly behind him.

A tiger’s sommersault… and the crested serpent eagle was the tiger’s lunch that day. Three calling birds – or rather two calling and one asleep – had remained in the conference, confused where their boss had disappeared.

– THE END –

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