Posted October 12, 2014on:
Chuchu helplessly watched Pomi’s arrest with dismay and wet eyes.
The onlookers moved away from there to see other caged animals and flora and fauna in the zoo.
The guards later moved on to carry out their other duties clearing the place.
Chuchu came out from a slit in the birch tree and tiptoed in Titu’s cage.
Titu was elated to see his friend. He caressed him with his trunk.
Titu: “How did you get in here Chuchu?”
Pomi: “Its Chuchu only who helped me meet you Titu. If Chuchu didn’t guide me the way, I would have died missing you my baby.”
Chuchu: “It’s your greatness Pomi that you think positively otherwise I hold responsible myself for creating all this mishap for you both.”
Pomi: “Nay, nay Chuchu, please do not curse yourself. Aunt Fox has told me that it was Titu who forced you to provide him a ride in train. It is you who risked life and helped me get to Titu in here.”
“ I love to be with my baby in the cage than to be free without Titu.
It’s better to be in captivity with my child than to live without him. Believe you me, I am very obliged to you and very satisfied here.”
All three stayed very calm for a while then Pomi asked Chuchu to leave.
Pomi: “Chuchu dear you must go as you have a long way to go. Please give our regards to all the animals in the jungle. Tell them we are very happy here and they need not worry for us.”
Chuchu said good-bye to them and getting out of the cage, started towards railway station.
Aunt fox had also moved towards her home after Pomi and Chuchu started for city to meet Titu.
Aunt Fox met ChinChin Monkey and Pita Parrot on the way back home. Pita parrot called out Aunt Fox: “Where are you off to Aunt? Won’t you have chitchat with us for a while?’’
Aunt Fox: “Hey Chuchu have you married or still roaming weirdly and lonely as a cloud?”
ChinChin Monkey and Pita Parrot darted down and sat near Aunt Fox to make out what she had in her Pandora box.
Aunt Fox began to enlighten them with fables of here and there.
She told them about Titu’s ride in a train and his captivity. And also about Pomi that how she got there and now both mother and son are in a zoo.
She was tired of a long journey and story telling so she walked towards her warren.
Pita Parrot was fond of spreading rumors. He at once did justice to his heart’s desire hence the story of Pomi and Titu spread like fire in the jungle.
ChinChin was favorite secret agent of Sher Dil, the King of jungle so he ran fast to tell him before anybody else would.
The King Sher Dil was taken a back, and shocked to hear the news. He was very upset to know that such big incidents happened in his Kingdom and he was unaware of it. He felt disgusted.
He was tense that two precious lives of his governance were in danger. The King scolded ChinChin for his irresponsible conduct.
The king commanded self-conscious ChinChin to inform Sardar Trumpet immediately that the King will pay him a visit soon.
Knowing about the King’s visit, all animals became alert and got on their heels and toes.
Everybody busied themselves in cleaning-up the place.
Sardar Trumpet made a comfortable place for the King on a raised spot under the shade of a huge birch tree.
Aunt Fox as a good host asked Baba Bear and Woo Wolf to arrange, new hunted fresh meat for the King.
An elephant announced the arrival of the King.
All animals present there greeted the king with respect and awe.
The king shared his concern over two precious endangered lives of Pomi and her son Titu. He said that if he had the least idea he would have never allowed them to go to the unsafe city of humans.
Sardar Trumpet: “You’re Excellency! I advised Pomi not to go but she did not pay attention to my advice. Thus I gave in seeing her craving for her missing son.”
King sarcastically roared, “Very well said! This is nothing but sheer lame excuse.”
The King: “I know that none other than a mother would take such a bold step. But would you be kind enough to explain what kind of a Chief are you of your tribe? Wasn’t it your responsibility to take care of their life? You could have informed me at least if you failed to handle the situation. I would have accompanied her or sent someone with her.”
The King: “Send Chuchu the rat in, right away.”
Chuchu, who had just returned and was very exhausted after a long journey, went near the King and feebly bowed him.
The king: “Chuchu, you look dead tired. Where are you coming from? Then he ordered the Aunt Fox to feed Chuchu with some sweet corn and maize.
After eating and gaining some strength, Chuchu told the king the entire story again about Pomi and Titu’s imprisonment.
Pomi’s sisters and her friends started to sob after listening to the painful story.
Trumpet, was a symbol of regret and repent for all the animals present there. He then realized that a stitch in time saves nine. Beating about the bush was too late then.