Jerry and the Koala

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Jerry and the Koala

Harry Little

In the afternoon, while riding to a grocery store nearby, Jerry and his parents discuss about spending the weekend. Jerry insists that he wants to see animals. But Mom and Dad agree for outing to a beach. In the warmest season of summer, of course, people look out for freshness and coolness. To keep Jerry's heart, they postpone the zoo visit on a later week. During shopping, as is common with most Moms, she grabs peas, nuts, fruits and vegetables, some dairies, beef and steaks, a tea pack, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste, facewash and soap, laundry and dishwasher detergents, bathroom cleaner and much more. Whilst Dad is busy passing slang comments on price tags of all those items that Mom puts in the bucket. However, Jerry being a nine years old child is interested in his own shopping. He's buying an apple juice, three chocolate bars, two Lays chips, a pack of sunflower seeds, and a pack of pencils.

On their way back home, the radio speaks: "This month record-breaking temperature and severe drought are a threat for the citizens. In line where firefighters are struggling to extinguish the flames, people have lost their homes, including 30 people being burned..." and the radio is turned off.

"O God! What a terrible year this has been. I wonder staying home this week, too," says Dad.

"Hmm," voices Mom.

"But Dad I wanna go to zoo," chimes Jerry.

"O Boy, here he's again," worries Dad.

"We sure would take you some day, sweety." convinces Mom.

 

They enter home, putting all the groceries at the appropriate places. Jerry grabs the seed pack and rushes to his lawn. He gently pours the seeds on the ground. Few minutes later, birds of every kind fly down. Crested pigeons, bowerbirds, Cuckoos, Robins, and a Fairywren. There was one that stood on Jerry's hand. It is green and yellow with black scalloped markings on the nape, back, and wings. It is the beautiful Budgie. A close buddy of Jerry. Jerry is delighted to feed his buddy-birds.

 

In the night, while the family is asleep, Jerry hears cracking noises. His sleep is half broken when the yells of some people reaches his ear. A knock that sounded like somebody throwing a giant pebble at the door, woke Jerry. He finds a small grey fluffy bear with slight burnt ears and and a black nose, screaming in pain at the window. He rushes to open the window and pulls her inside. And it is the innocent Koala that he finds.

He takes her to bath and showers cold water gently on her. Screams and screams, the poor Koala screams. The parents hurry upon screams. Then they keep giving her drinking water. They learn from Jerry about the presence of Koala.

"Oh! You seem to barely survive," says Jerry.

"In the blink of an eye, the fire spread," says Koala, "it's a terrible time, pal."

"Where is the fire?" worries Jerry.

"Far from the backyard," replies Koala.

The growing blaze covered millions of tall trees. Firemen are out there. Working, working, day and night.

"The trees that stood upright," says Koala, "with nineteen branches of bright green leaves, refreshed the air with fresh oxygen in daylight and cleansed the stinkiness by absorbing carbon dioxide in the night. The trees that bared juicy fruits of different kinds. The trees that shaded many of you and us from the boiling Sun. The trees that were a home to me. Those all are gone."

"Jerry, you better go to bed now," orders Mom.

And a bed is prepared for the Koala, too.

 

The next morning, seeing outside of home, all around is dust, black smoke, burnt stems, and muddy road. Not a single leaf survived. All dead quite bad. But the worst part for Jerry is to see firemen and medical crews taking with them other left animals. They all were in critical condition than Koala. In addition, few residents could save themselves. Thousands of homes were fully destroyed. Some either burnt, or some under the fallen tree. Luckily, Jerry's home is alive.

"How did this happen? Where my birds gonna be?" cries Jerry.

"It's those arrogant people who come here for fire camping, who smoke cigarettes and throw the remains without blowing them out and the increasing global warming. I have seen people doing these. And now I have lost my pals. Kangaroo, Panda, Wombats, Kookaburra, Flamingo, Quails" complains Koala.

"Jerry, come back in here," calls Mom.

In a world where manners are less, public is careless, love for nature is no more, risking lives is a thrill, and artificial beauty is praised, you can't expect something great.

 

Jerry, fond of nature and animals and birds, is anxious to help Koala. First, he thinks about sending her to zoo, but Koala didn't love living there. Second, he thinks keeping her in the house, but Koala says that the house isn't wide and open. At last, he thinks about building a home for her. He begins watering the trees and plants in the lawn. He plants more and more. He takes care of the greenery day and night. With the passage of time, he sees his efforts bearing fruits. Trees grown way up tall, plants grown with flowers along. Eucalyptus tree is Koala's favourite. Pals of Koala are now back, and so are Jerry's buddies.

The neighbours nearby, see the fruitful efforts of Jerry. They are impressed by the little boy's love for guarding the environment and pets. And so they also begin to do the same.

"I'm proud of you, son," pats Dad.


Submitted: July 10, 2021

© Copyright 2021 Harry Little. All rights reserved.

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Steven P. Pody

We all need to be pro-active guardians of the natural world these days. Children still have the instinct within them, which should be nurtured and encouraged and, as you say, perhaps they themselves can teach through example, and simple care and love. A story for the world... Thanks most kindly for sharing. SPP

Sun, July 11th, 2021 10:09pm

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You are right, indeed.
Thanks for giving it a read.

Mon, July 12th, 2021 1:02am

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