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Elephant "Nanny"

In the eyes of the owner Kalem, Gampati is the largest elephant in Asia, with the best quality and the highest IQ.

By EmilyPublished 5 months ago 7 min read
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In the eyes of its owner, Kalem, Gampati is the largest elephant in Asia, with the best quality and the highest IQ. Gampati is 3 meters tall, weighs more than 4 tons, has thick limbs like tree trunks, and his huge feet have stepped the huge wild bear into meat sauce more than once. However, Gampati is extremely tame to the owner's family, and is willing to be the "babysitter" of the owner, Kalem, who is still nursing his son. Whenever Kalem and his wife go to fetch water or cook, the two will draw a circle in front of the tethered elephant and put the child in it. They would give it an order: "King Elephant, don't let him run outside!" This way, whenever the child tried to climb out of the circle, Gampati would carefully catch the child back.

One afternoon, the hostess took out a large clay pot and went to the river to draw water. After a long time, she still did not come back. Kalem called loudly in the direction of his wife's departure, but there was no answer. At this moment, the forest seemed dead silent, only the sound of running water.

Something might have happened to his wife! Kalem hurriedly drew a circle in front of the elephant with his heel and put the child inside. He ordered, "Look after him, Gampati." Then he galloped to the river.

Under the green shade of the wild mango tree, Gampati was tied to the tree by a thick iron chain. The child lay under Gampati's big nose, next to its stout toes, smiling up at it. He could do anything, but whenever he wanted to climb out of the circle, he would be picked up by Gampati with his freely rolled trunk and put back into the circle. Gampati likes to perform his "stunt" to children: it sucks in a pinch of soil with its nose and blows it up; sometimes it dusts the child's body or repels mosquitoes and flies; sometimes it spits out a drop of green saliva, dripping on the child's stomach, making him giggle...

Before I knew it, the sun had sunk into the distant mountains. The temperature dropped even lower, and the child, hungry and cold, began to cry. Many beasts howled from distance to distance in the twilight, with the shrill screams of owls in between.

In the grass not far from the elephant, three equally hungry coyotes had slipped out of their holes and started looking for a delicious dinner. They usually feed on carrion, but they also often take any small, helpless live animal to feed. They heard the cries of children, and these greedy guys, with their sharp weapons that can tear everything - teeth, hurried towards their target.

At the camp, the elephant Gampati began to worry about the safety of the child. He realized that something was wrong, and he rolled the leaves and fanned at the crying child, but to no avail. He raised his long trunk and shouted loudly again, urging his master to come back quickly, but they never appeared.

Gampati sniffed out the coyote's scent, and it couldn't help but shiver. Gampati put the child at his feet again and let out a long, shrill sound of warning.

Elephants have an extremely keen sense of smell, but have poor eyesight. Gampati didn't see them until the coyotes entered the camp. The appearance of the coyote made Gampati walk around angrily, pulling the chain that was holding him rattling, and he rumbled again.

The coyotes used their usual "tactics": one sat in front of the elephant, where the elephant could not get close, and the pair of green night vision eyes stared greedily at the child to attract the elephant's attention; the other two began to circle behind the elephant, ready to carry out a sneak attack.

Suddenly, Gampati slammed into the mango tree with all his might, trying to break it. However, the thick trunk was very strong, and it failed. It gasped for a breath, and suddenly turned around and charged at the sitting coyote, and the alert coyote jumped up and fled a few steps. The two coyotes behind it took the opportunity to pounce on the child, and Gampati turned and roared at them like a whirlwind, scaring them away.

Gampati mustered up his strength again and slammed into the giant tree. This time the mango tree made a harsh rattle and was about to crack. At this time, the child burst into tears and tried to climb away in a daze. Gampati had no choice but to give up the effort to knock down the mango tree. It threw its long nose and rolled the child back again. It leaned against the sloping mango tree and swung its head from time to time, watching the movement around it intently.

The coyotes were already hungry and wanted to go all out, and they began to slowly approach their target again. They looked at the elephant in fear, but they never wanted to give up halfway. Unexpectedly, Gampati suddenly launched a lightning-like attack, and a rash coyote had been trampled under the feet of the elephant, and it turned into a pile of meat sauce before it had time to scream. Gampati roared triumphantly and threw the dead body easily aside. The other two fled around in fright, and the camp was temporarily peaceful again. Hungry and sleepy, the child slept on the small mound between Gampati's front legs, sobbing and dozing. With a piece of sugar cane that Gampati gave him in his mouth, he gradually fell asleep bathed in the gentle, warm breath of the elephant. Gampati the elephant also dozed off shortly after midnight.

At some point, the child woke up, rolled over and sat up, and began to crawl again. When the elephant woke up, the child had climbed out of its range. In the dim light of the early morning, Gampati found two coyotes approaching again, and the child was only a few meters away from the coyote. Gampati roared and tried his best to break free from the chain around his neck. The thick iron chain was deep into the flesh, and blood gushed out. The coyote seized the opportunity and jumped towards the child. Almost at the same time, the giant tree that was tethered to Gampati was knocked down by it, falling on himself and the child. Broken branches and rattling leaves covered both the elephant and the child. The loud noise startled the two coyotes, who disappeared like lightning and never dared to offend the elephant again.

It turned out that Kalem's wife was lost in the forest, and it took him a night to find her. When they ran back to the camp, panting, they saw only the fallen tree and the Gampati under the tree. But what about their children?

They turned over the leaves and branches and searched everywhere, and finally found the child lying asleep in the curled trunk of the elephant. The tearful woman took the child into her arms. The child was covered in dirt and had a few scrapes, but it was still intact.

Gampati was still lying under the tree, his eyes closed, breathing hard. "Idiot! Traitor!" Kalem snapped, "I asked you to watch the child, but you want to go away and leave him alone!"

Callum, gasping for breath, scolded Gampati. He removed the branch that was pressing on it and untied the chain that was holding Gampati.

The elephant propped its forefoot on the ground and shook away the branches that were pressing against its body. It finally stood up, but the wound was still bleeding, and its body kept shaking due to severe pain.

"Look!" The woman opened her mouth in astonishment. Just where Gampati shook off the branches, there was a corpse of a coyote, and the footprints of the coyote could be seen everywhere, and Callum and his wife finally understood the truth.

Amid the affectionate slaps and compliments of the owner, Gampati slowly raised his head and blinked his big, sleepy eyes with relief.

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Emily

Enjoy solitude and like to write quietly alone.

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