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When Li told them that bamboo was the panda’s main food, Patricia heaved a deep sigh. She said, “Unfortunately, there is no bamboo grass growing on this island. I know that for sure. But I will bring you some herbs that will do you good. This will also make your stomach ache go away.” The parrot flew all over the island, but he too had to agree with the turtle. “No bamboo in sight!” he confirmed.
Patricia was an old, wise turtle. She knew that one could not stay long on the island without their necessary main food. So, she went to the elephants and asked them to get some logs from the forest. A raft had to be built, so that Li could be brought back home. The other animals were given instructions on how to help build it. The capybaras, with their sharp and strong teeth, proved to be masters at working the logs.
The monkeys thought it was great that there was finally something happening on the island. Instead of constantly bickering and eavesdropping amongst each other, they could now observe the exciting goings-on. Now, everyone was busy assembling the raft as quickly as possible. Even the flamingo helped diligently, although he otherwise did not like to get his feathers dirty.
All the animals helped, and the raft was finished by the evening. The tiger checked the joint work, stood on the raft for a test run, and said proudly, “You could go around the whole world with this. Well done, friends!” Everyone cheered! Then Patricia, the old turtle, came and made a very serious face. “That’s right,” she said, “You’ve really done a great job. But the most difficult task is still ahead of us. We now have to find out where Li’s home is, and then we’ll need helpers who can swim very well and push the raft in the right direction.”
A silence spread. Everyone was thinking hard. “I have an idea,” the parrot spoke up. “When I circle the island every day, I always meet a dolphin. Why don’t we ask him if he can help us?”
“Why didn’t I think of that idea myself?” asked the old turtle. “Well, I’m probably just getting old,” she muttered to herself. “The dolphin is an old friend of mine, and we’ve known each other for a long, long time. I’m sure he’ll be happy to help us.”
So, the parrot flew off to track down the friendly helper. After a short time, he returned to the shore with the dolphin, and Patricia told him Li’s story. “Of course I’ll help you. One of you just has to show me the way,” he said.
To be continued…