children story

Why do Elephants
Walk Slowly

©Andrés Díaz Marrero

The ant was mad because a huge elephant stomped the anthill. She opened her mouth as wide as she could and caught the elephant.
It took her seventeen months to gulp it down the throat, but she swallowed him whole. Of course! The poor little ant couldn't move because of the weight of the morsel!
After thinking about it twice, she deduced that to digest the elephant might take at least, the double of the time it took her to swallow it. The ant resolved that the best thing to do should be to let him free. Thus she opened her mouth again, as wide as she could, and let him go. As soon as the elephant was out he ran away as fast as he could. Since then he has not returned.
Now a day, elephants walk slowly because of their fear of messing up with the anthills.

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