Browny Turtle lived in the sea. One morning, she carefully dug a hole in the sand and laid four eggs in it. She then covered the hole gently with some sand and twigs.
“I am tired now,” Browny Turtle then said to herself. “I should go for a swim and refresh myself.”
Browny Turtle then dived into the sea and went for a long swim.
After a few days, Browny Turtle’s eggs hatched, and four tiny baby turtles emerged from the egg shells. Browny Turtle was overjoyed to see her children.
“My babies!” she said happily. “I am so glad to see you! Welcome to the world!”
Soon, the peaceful and picturesque sight of the sea prompted the baby turtle to swim in it.
“Mama,” the baby turtle told Browny Turtle one day. “May we swim with you? The sea looks so inviting! The waves look like fun! We can’t wait to dive in and swim!”
“Yes, my dears,” Browny Turtle smiled and said. “Come with me!”
The baby turtle then crawled and followed Browny Turtle into the sea.
Dubdub Turtle was Browny Turtle’s littlest baby. No one realised that he had been left behind. Dubdub Turtle slowly crawled towards the sea, hoping to catch up with his mother, and brothers and sisters.
It was then when he noticed a tiny crab that was walking sideways. The crab’s body seemed to be shining and looked quite transparent too.
Dubdub Turtle was astonished to see the crab. He hadn’t seen one before.
“How wonderful everything is! Life was boring inside the egg! There is so much for me to see in the world now!” he thought happily.
Then instead of going towards the sea, Dubdub Turtle crawled towards a cluster of shells and admired them. They were a bright pink in colour and Dubdub Turtle was quite fascinated to see them.
Little did Dubdub Turtle know that while he was marvelling at the sights around him, someone was watching him from the sky, with greedy eyes. It was none other than Mighty Eagle who was looking for lunch.
Mighty Eagle was a big and dangerous bird. He had a sharp beak and huge talons that he used to tear his prey apart with. All the turtles including Browny Turtle feared Mighty Eagle. They dived into the sea, every time they saw him hovering in the sky.
Mighty Eagle flew closer to Dubdub Turtle.
Now, Dubdub Turtle was very young, but he spotted Mighty Eagle and sensed that he was dangerous. He saw Mighty Eagle swooping towards him from the corner of his eye.
“Something doesn’t feel right about that bird,” Dubdub Turtle told himself. “For some reason, I feel afraid of him. He probably eats little turtles like me! I must be very careful!”
Dubdub Turtle then gathered all the courage he had and spoke to Mighty Eagle.
“Hello there!” Dubdub Turtle said cheerfully. “I was waiting for you.”
Mighty Eagle was surprised. “Waiting for me, huh?” he asked. “How come?” |
“I’ve heard that you cannot walk on your talons,” Dubdub Turtle explained.
Mighty Eagle grew annoyed.
“Who told you that?” he shouted. “Of course, I can walk on my talons.”
“No, you cannot,” Dubdub Turtle. “I have heard that you look like a clown, every time you try to walk on the sand!”
Mighty Eagle stomped his talons angrily and kicked some sand in the air.
“I definitely don’t look like a clown,” he argued.
“Well, I’ll decide for myself,” Dubdub Turtle said, looking towards the sea. “Why don’t you show me how you walk?”
“I’ll show you how well I walk!” Mighty Eagle said. He then began walking on his talons right in front of Dubdub Turtle.
“Not bad! Not bad at all!” Dubdub Turtle said. “But is it true that you can’t somersault like us turtles. Anyway, can you do this?”. Dubdub Turtle then asked and demonstrated a somersault.
“Yes, I can do that,” Mighty Eagle said huffily. He then tried doing somersaults but kept losing his balance.
“Hold on! I’m out of practice!” he told Dubdub Turtle and panted. “I’ll show you a perfect one in just a few minutes.”
“Don’t worry!” Dubdub Turtle said and slowly inched towards the sea. “Take your time! I’m waiting! I’m in no hurry!”
Dubdub Turtle then called out to Mighty Eagle and said, “Forget somersaulting on the sand now. How about somersaulting in the sky? Can you do that? Or can you only fly in the sky?”
“Somersault in the air?” Mighty Eagle said and laughed. “What a silly little turtle you are! Don’t you know that’s child’s play for me?”
“Can you show me how you do it? Please!” Dubdub Turtle said, sounding very excited.
“All right then!” Mighty Eagle said, putting his chest out. “Watch me go!”
Mighty Eagle then flew up the sky. He first flew left, then right, then higher up, and then started somersaulting in the air. He flapped his wings noisily to show off too.
After sometime, Mighty Eagle felt very hungry.
“I better eat that little turtle now,” Mighty Eagle said. “All this somersaulting has made me very hungry.”
Mighty Eagle swooped down to the sand. But to his great disappointment, Dubdub Turtle was no where in sight.
“Where are you, little turtle?” Mighty Eagle asked, looking around. “Are you hiding in the sand? Come out at once!”
Dubdub Turtle was hiding behind a rock in the sea. He peeped and saw Mighty Eagle looking for him. Dubdub Turtle giggled and shouted, “It was a great show Mr. Eagle! You really can somersault in the sky! But I don’t think you can dive or swim in the sea like me.”
Dubdub Turtle then dived into the water and swam to join his family.
Mighty Eagle felt very foolish.
“I have been outwitted by a baby turtle!” he grumbled.
He flew back to the sky and hoped that he would find something else to eat for his lunch.