God was getting on with his project. Strolling along he made minor adjustments. With a splash of colour here, a change of shape there. He was very pleased with the overall look of what he had created. Coming round a corner he found an animal that hadn’t been to see him about its’ colour change. It was in the shade, resting against a tree and looking at God with yellow, baleful eyes as if He may be prey, then recognised his Lord. It was the tiger. "You look pretty good as you are." said God, "But everyone else has had a change from the grey to whatever hue they would like. What’s your pleasure?" "A colour change? That’s a novelty. Colour? Oh I don’t know. What would you suggest?" Running through all the colours that he had given to the various animals God realised that one colour had not been taken. "What about burnt orange?" offered the Lord. "Sounds reasonable to me," the tiger answered, laconically. As he was transformed in colour, there was a piteous cry of help from a short distance away. A cry that made both God and the tiger exchange concerned looks. God didn’t say anything. The tiger bounded out of the clearing towards the cry for help. Warthog’s wife was in serious trouble. She had managed to find herself some safety in a cavity, behind a small opening at the base of a rotten tree, in the centre of a large circular clearing. Outside, trying to get in, the panther was almost purring with suppressed pleasure as it tore at the rotten wood, making the opening wider with each strike of its claws. The blackbird was circling overhead and making its feeling heard. The warthogs’ scream was becoming thin with fear, as if she had nearly lost her voice. She knew that it would not be long before the killer struck again.
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