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Rosa escapes from the zoo and wanders about the city looking for someone. Want to join in her adventures?

Rosa Goes to the City
By Amit Garg
In the middle of a big city,
there was a small zoo,
and inside
lived a baby elephant.
Her name was Rosa.
The zookeeper
loved little Rosa very much
and cared for her
in every possible way.
Many visitors came to see Rosa
and watched
in fascination
as she ate
a dozen bananas in one go.
Rosa was well looked after,
but she missed the company
of other elephants.
One day,
after feeding Rosa,
the keeper forgot to lock
the door of her cage.
Soon she was out of the zoo!
First,
she came across
an ice cream vendor
standing by the roadside.
He saw Rosa and ran away.
The curious little elephant
stuck her trunk
into the icebox.
Something tasted so cold,
sweet and delicious
that she simply
gulped it all down.
Rosa kept moving about,
her eyes
searching for someone.
Finally,
inside a shop,
she saw a herd of elephants
on a television screen.
“Friends!” she thought,
and marched into the TV shop.
Everybody inside the shop
ran out,
leaving her alone.
Rosa tried talking
to the elephants
on the TV screen,
but they didn’t reply.
Confused
and disappointed,
she walked out.
Back on the street,
she saw a coconut-seller,
selling coconuts.
“Wow, I’ve found a ball!
It’s play time now!”
she cried and
kicked a coconut
high into the air.
It flew across the road
and landed
right beside a boy
playing in the park.
Rosa ran across the road,
determined to get
her coconut-ball.
Cars screeched,
buses honked,
and drivers began
to yell at each other.
Rosa had created
a traffic jam!
The traffic police
moved in to take control.
The zoo was informed.
Ignoring the commotion
around her,
Rosa simply ran into the park.
She stopped
in front of the little boy,
who was smiling at her.
He giggled
and patted the elephant.
Rosa trumpeted back
with excitement
at her newfound friend.
By now,
the zookeeper
had reached the park.
Seeing Rosa
in the open space of the park,
he understood
that she would never be happy
in a cage.
The zoo transferred Rosa
to a protected forest,
away from the city,
where many other elephants
roamed freely.
Rosa grew up very happily.
Now,
instead of watching
Rosa behind bars
in a cramped cage,
visitors could see her
among lots of trees,
still gulping down
dozens of bananas!

Author: Amit Garg
Illustrations: Stoopid Animations
Music: Holger Jetter
Animation: Stoopid Animations

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