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Kobe and the Rescue Adventure
By Kathy Douglas-Hobbs
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2012 Kathy Douglas-Hobbs
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Chapter OneAt last the morning had come. Kobe couldn't get a wink of sleep the night before. He was too excited to enjoy his visit to the zoo.
After tossing and turning all night long, he opened his eyes. As he stretched, he yawned hugely and realized it was morning.
He shouted, "Hooray, hooray! Mommy, wake up! It's time for our visit to the zoo!" Mommy replied, "Good morning, Kobe. Yes, today is our visit to the zoo." Then she frowned. "But Mommy's not feeling well today."
"Oh no!" Kobe cried. "Can't you take some medicine?"
"I already have, but medicine doesn't fix everything," replied Mommy. "What I need now is rest. We'll just have to go another time."
Kobe looked sad, but Mommy added, "Besides, I heard that a zebra has wandered away from the zoo today. Maybe we should wait until he's found; after all, you wouldn't want to miss the zebra!"
Kobe drooped his head and walked away slowly. "I hope you feel better, Mommy," he called over his shoulder.
"Thanks, Kobe," said Mommy.
Just then, the doorbell rang.
"I'll get it!" shouted Kobe. He ran to the door. "Who is it?"
The voice on the other side of the door replied, "Heeeew, heeeew!"
Kobe asked again, "Who is it?"
Once again, the voice replied, "Heeeew, heeeew!"
Curious, Kobe opened the door. There stood a big black-and-white-striped zebra. The zebra looked lost, all alone and afraid.
Kobe's eyes widened with glee. "Zebra, what are you doing here? This is no place for you! This is the city; you must get back to the zoo!"
The zebra nodded glumly.
Kobe turned and called over his shoulder, "Mommy, the zebra is here at our front door!" But Mommy had fallen fast asleep.
Kobe said to the zebra, "Don't be afraid. I'll make sure you find your way back to the zoo."
Kobe climbed aboard the zebra's back. Then he pointed straight ahead. "This way! This is the way my mommy goes!"
So they galloped away, gleefully darting in and out of oncoming traffic, tumbling over fruit stands, and even knocking down street signs!
Kobe finally said, "Zebra, slow down! We're at the front gate of the zoo!"
The zebra slowed to a walk. As the two entered the zoo, up ran a zookeeper.
"Well hello," he said. "Have you come to return our precious zebra to us?"
Kobe replied, "Yes, I have. My name is Kobe."
The zookeeper chuckled. "That's a nice name for a nice fella. How would you like to take a tour of the zoo as a thank you?"
"That would be cool!" said Kobe.
So the zookeeper unlocked the door to the monkey house, and Kobe got to swing with twelve monkeys from bar to bar. He even sat down for a banana or two with the gorillas.
Then the zookeeper unlocked the paddock where the elephants roamed. Kobe swung from one elephant's trunk to another and went for a ride on the elephant's backs.
They went over to visit the giraffe's pasture. Just as if he were on the slide at the playground, Kobe slid all the way down a giraffe's neck.
Next the zookeeper said, "Kobe, it's time to feed the lions. Would you like to help me?"
Kobe answered, "Oh boy, would I ever!"
What a day! Kobe went on and on throughout the zoo, visiting every animal. He hopped with kangaroos and swam with crocodiles. He ran with the cheetahs and roared with the bears. He even stood on one leg with the flamingos.
Finally the sun was setting. It was closing time for the zoo and time for all animals to go in for a good night's sleep.
The zookeeper put his hand on Kobe's shoulder. "You know, Kobe, I heard that there is a little boy who has run away from his home."
Kobe replied, "Yep. And just like the zebra, I must get home safely to my mommy."
The zookeeper nodded. "Yes, you must. But I want to thank you once again for rescuing the zebra. Everyone here at the zoo loves the zebra and was very sad while he was away. I'm sure your mommy is very sad that you're away too."
And with that, he escorted Kobe out the gate. "Good night, everybody, and sweet dreams!" called Kobe. Then he ran home.
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