Once upon a time, there lived a green elephant named Ely in a forest. He was a most peculiar elephant because he had an unbelievably enormous tail and long, floppy ears. And that was the reason why all his friends teased him all the time.
“Whoa! Ely! It’s Ely the leaf elephant! Let’s go play somewhere else!” They would yell. “We don’t want to be seen playing with him and his enormous ears!”
They used to call him names such as- ‘leaf elephant’ (because he was green in color), ‘enormous ears’, ‘windy ears’, ‘funny tail’, ‘long tail’ and ‘peculiar Ely’.
Ely felt very bad. He did so dearly want to be friends with them and play with them. He didn’t like at all being bullied by them all the time.
Now one day, when Ely was going for a walk through the forest all alone, he heard a small, white rabbit with cute, furry, pink ears cry out for help.
“Help! Somebody! Please help me! I’m trapped and they’re after me!” cried the rabbit worriedly.
Ely could see that the rabbit’s leg was caught inside a trap, set by hunters to capture animals. Ely took pity on it and gently freed his leg from the trap, by pulling it apart, with his trunk.
“Come with me! I know a wonderful hiding spot among the bushes! We could go and hide there!” said Ely, happy to help. The rabbit limped after Ely as the kind elephant led her to safety.
“Oh thank you!” said the rabbit gratefully, cheering up a bit. “By the way I’m Robby.”
They introduced each other, shook tails and kept quiet, as the hunters had come back. The bushes hid them well, away from the hunters… but not for long! Soon, the hunters started cutting down the trees and bushes, to make way, for them to walk. Now, there was no place to hide in anymore!
“Quick! Get under my big ears! The hunters wouldn’t notice us then!” murmured Ely quietly.
Robby scurried under Ely’s ears without saying a single word and Ely, the green elephant, completely camouflaged into the grass and trees surrounding them. That way the hunters couldn’t find Robby or Ely anywhere. And they left.
The next day, Ely and Robby were playing together when they saw the hunters come back, so Ely again hid behind the trees with Robby tucked under his ears. The hunters could not see them and were about to turn and leave when…
“Great idea, Ely!” whispered Robby, but loud enough for the hunters to hear him! They charged towards them and caught Ely. Ely, determined not to let Robby or him be caught, swung his tail around, knocked the hunters out of their senses and pushed them to the ground. The hunters got very scared of Ely, they thought of him as the ‘mad, green’ elephant, and ran away hurriedly from the forest, promising never to return. That was it! Ely got rid of the hunters once and for all!
All the elephants and animals of the forest were very happy and congratulated him when they heard the great news. Now, nobody ever teased him for anything, anymore!