Written By, Theresa Schnaider Age 9
Hi, my name is Teresa. This is a story about me and my family. When I was only 9 years old, my family went to Africa. It was really hot. I had read so much about the animals there that I couldn’t wait! After we flew all the way from the USA to Africa, my family drove all the way to a house my mom rented. We had a 2 hour drive but we weren’t bored one bit! We saw so many animals. First, we saw zebra! Then we drove by a family of giraffes. Next we watched gazelle graze and once I saw a cheetah chasing them down. I saw a bunch of lions resting on some rocks with 6 cubs! I had to look at the lions with binoculars because we couldn’t get too close. Finally, we got to our rental house and parked outside. Then we saw the rhinos: one mom, one baby. Rhinos have bad eyesight and they get scared easily. It was twilight and we had to go to bed.
I woke up bright and early. I looked out my window. Last night it was too dark to see what kind of rhino it was but now I could tell. It was 2 white rhinos! There was only 2 left in the wild! On Earth! I guess these were the LAST TWO! One thing that’s cool about rhinos is that they have these bird friends that eat bugs off the rhino and the birds watch for predators, too! The bird is called an oxpecker. The oxpecker actually can hold on while the rhino charges. But this story is not about them. Anyway, I quietly walked outside and sat on a rock watching the rhino while staying a safe distance away. You have to not get too close or they will charge and that will not be good. Then I heard a growl. A lion! The birds screeched. On no! I heard the rhino snort, then it charged. The baby rhino stayed behind and watched the battle. Then the lion just ran away. I know rhinos are tough but not that tough. Something must be wrong. Then a net flew out and captured the mom rhino. The baby rhino ran and hid. I could now see a car and 2 people. I put myself in danger. I snuck up while the while the people were laughing. I took out my pocket knife and started cutting her free. “You’re ok, don’t worry. I will get you out.” I whispered. I heard them talking to each other but I paid no attention to them. People catch rhinos just for their horns. By then I had almost cut through enough rope to let her go. “Done!” I shouted, a little too loud. The rhino catchers looked and tried to capture her but I jumped on the mom rhino’s back and we ran away. As we were running, I yelled, “Leave rhinos free and happy!”
Theresa won tickets to the San Diego Natural History Museum, The Living Coast Discovery Center, and a CD from Kathryn The Grape We’re All in This Together. For More Information Visit: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/were-all-in-this-together-kathryn-the-grape