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Tatiana Schatten

A Close Encounter

Based on true events

Little Chippy Essy, a Lesser Chipmunk, had only just found a new, lush and safe feeding ground. He looked eagerly forward to visiting this minute place of security once more, to taste the sweetness of sunflower seeds and feel the millet beneath his clinging paws. Also a feeder was there which hung from a lofty lattice, filled to the brim with sunflower seeds. There was no need then to sift through the other seeds to find his favourite kind.

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A Memory

Based on true events

There is a field of light somewhere in this world where the flowers are but jewels in the glowing grasses. It is like a memory, sweet, yet distant and faded as if a slight mist hung over it. I do not know where this serene plain is, so I can not direct you to its loveliness, but yet I may tell you this: I was there once, and beheld in that tranquility, among the luminous rippling grasses, a beauty which man cannot create.

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Stilts, Part 4

Based on true events

As similar as a bug and an insect might seem,they are actually two different kinds of creatures. For one thing, a bug has an X pattern on its back made by its folded wings which is absent in insects. Most insects are also missing the piercing mouth-parts of bugs through which they feed. But a bug’s mouth has nothing to do with this bug’s tale so I will say no more on that subject. 

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Stilts, Part 3

Across the hot plains of Sudan, the Black Rhinoceros and her child continued their journey in search of water. The calf had asked his mother why Giraffes, and Western Tessebes walked on stilts, and she answered readily after a moment of thought. But he had also queried about the stilts belonging to Mantids and Secretary Bird, and received as answer: “ You may ask the owners of the stilts.” The young one took her advice and asked a Praying Mantis why his legs were stilts. To the calf’s surprise, he was not told the answer but was shown it! The first pair were for hunting! But now the little rhinoceros was on the look out for a Secretary Bird who could explain his scaly, tall legs. There was, unfortunately, no sign of such a raptor for the remainder of their journey until the rhinos reached the Chari river. Feeling a mite discouraged and a mighty bit thirsty and hot, the calf lowered his head to drink.

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Stilts, Part 2

Not based on true events

“Why do they all have stilts while we are given stumps?” repeated the Black Rhinoceros calf. After a moments silence, without turning her head from the view beyond, his mother replied slowly, “Let me see...” then, quickening her speech, she turned to her calf. “The majestic Giraffes, they must reach the tops of the highest trees so that those who are shorter do not take their food. There is competition if all feed at the same level, and that spells trouble.”

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Wednesday August 4, 2021