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By R. P. Harris, Taeeun Yoo

Ten-year-old Tua—Thai for "peanut"—has every little thing she wishes at domestic in Chiang Mai, Thailand, apart from something she's consistently sought after: a sister. out there sooner or later, Tua makes an unintentional acquaintance—one with clever, loving eyes, awesome energy, and a really curious trunk. And while Tua meets Pohn-Pohn, it is transparent this elephant wishes her support. jointly, the bizarre staff units off on a striking trip to flee from Pohn-Pohn's vile captors. From the bustling evening marketplace to the hallowed halls of a Buddhist temple and eventually, to the sanctuary of an elephant shelter, this shrewdpermanent lady and her cherished better half locate that correct less than their noses is precisely what every one has been trying to find: a pal.

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I don’t see whatever. ” As Nang peered into the darkness, the elephant lurched ahead and jerked him via the chain. “Whoa, there, you. ” He stumbled backward. “Where do you think that you’re going? ” He struck the elephant one other blow and after. The elephant looked as if it would take no discover of those beatings. Its in simple terms difficulty was once even if Tua used to be nonetheless following. They got here ultimately to a seashore beside the River Ping, the place the mahouts had made their camp. Nak hooked up the top of the chain to a stake within the flooring whereas Nang equipped a hearth. because the fireplace burst into flames at the shore, its mirrored image did a similar at the river. Tua threw herself at the back of a log to conceal from the surprising blaze of sunshine. Trapped until eventually the flames died down and the mahouts retired to their tent, Tua curled up at the back of the log, closed her eyes, and quickly fell asleep. A relax woke Tua as though a chilly, rainy hand had reached out and shaken her unsleeping. How lengthy had she been asleep? She slowly raised her head and peeked excessive of the log. the hearth had burned all the way down to gleaming embers and the mahouts have been nowhere to be obvious. The elephant stood on the finish of its chain, with its shackled foot prolonged within the air in the back of it, as though it have been attempting to pull the stake out of the floor. “Hello, chang,” Tua whispered. She was once approximately to invite if she may aid, while she learn the phrases in its eyes: “There you're! What have you ever been doing? ” “Kho thot kha. I’m sorry, chang,” she whispered. “I’m coming. ” Tua rose up, crept over to the tent, peeled again the flaps, and regarded inside of. either mahouts have been quick asleep and noisily snoring beside empty bottles. a wide pile of dung sat at the floor open air the tent flaps, like a seize. Tua regarded again over her shoulder on the elephant. “Don’t examine me,” the elephant’s eyes appeared to say to her. “Now get this chain off my foot if you want to get out of the following. ” “Kha, chang,” she whispered. “Don’t fear. I’m coming. ” and that's how Tua came across herself at the streets of Chiang Mai within the corporation of a fugitive elephant. bankruptcy 5 Sizing Up the Elephant the place does one take an elephant—a fugitive elephant, at that—in the town of Chiang Mai? How does one cover an elephant? Elephants don’t healthy into closets, bins, or drawers. One can’t easily toss a blanket over an elephant and get in touch with it a role good performed. somebody is sure to note. Elephants, for larger or for worse, draw awareness to themselves. when they had crept a ways adequate clear of the camp for Tua to suppose secure sufficient to seize her breath and gather her concepts, she seemed the elephant over as though attempting to gauge its real form, weight, and peak. She used to be attempting to think it smaller, as though a smaller elephant will be more straightforward to conceal than a bigger one. yet every time she controlled to squeeze it in a field smaller than itself (in her brain, that is), the elephant flapped its ears (knocking the lid off of that imaginary field) and out got here its trunk. Tua desired to say, “Could you please placed that factor away, chang? ” yet she was once afraid it could possibly sound rude. in addition to, the place does an elephant positioned its trunk while it isn’t utilizing it?

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