how to tell wild animals
If by chance you go to any forest in the East and if a huge terrible animal comes to you and if it roars loudly and if you are dying then you will come to know that it is an Asian Lion.
If a wild animal with black stripes on yellow hide welcomes you and eats you then this simple rule will teach you that it is a Bengal tiger.
When strolling if you see whose hide is covered with spots and it jumps at you and starts eating you then you understand that it is a leopard. There will be no use of shouting with pain because it will continuously eat you.
If you are just walking around in your yard and an animal meets you and it hugs you tightly then believe that it is a bear.
If you have any doubt then I think that it will kiss you, a novice may be confused to recognize animals.
You can differentiate between crocodile and hyena. Hyena always smiles but if tears come from its eyes then it is a crocodile.
An original chameleon is like a lizard. It doesn’t have ears or wings. If there is nothing on the tree then you will find there a chameleon.
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short question & answer
Q1: What are the distinctive features of the Asian Lion as given in the poem?
A: The Asian Lion is a large beast. He is brownish-yellow in colour. He roars. The sound is terrible to hear. This makes one almost die due to great fear. He is found in the forest in the eastern countries of Asia. That’s why he is called ‘Asian Lion’.
Q2: How does the Bengal Tiger look? What is so distinct about him?
A: The Bengal Tiger roams in the forest freely. He is the king of animals. He looks noble. He has black stripes on a yellow background. When this tiger notices someone he tries to eat him. He is so terrifying with his jaw and teeth.
Q3: How does a leopard behave when he sees someone?
A: A leopard has spots on his hide. These are black in colour on his yellow skin. He is a great runner. As soon as he sees someone he leaps over him at once. He attacks on him and starts eating. He is so terrifying and powerful.
Q4: How does the poet describe the bear?
A: The poet describes the bear in a humourous way. As soon as the bear comes near a human being, he embraces him tightly. Then he starts to make his hug tight. He starts squeezing one to death. He will touch him lovingly. That’s why, it is known ‘a bear’s hug’.
Q5: How does the poet describe the hyena and a crocodile?
A: The poet describes the crocodile and the hyena humourously. The crocodile has tears in his eyes when it comes near its victim. The hyena has happy smiles on its face. But this is not so. The hyena’s face is made like this.
Q6: How does the poet create humour in the poem?
A: The poet creates humour by describing various beasts of prey differently. It is by the use of words and emotions. The Bengal tiger is never ‘noble’ in his heart. The leopard kills his prey in moments. His crying won’t save him. The bear’s hug is never loving. The hyena never smiles happily.
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Answers to the text book questions
A1. It does not really rhyme with ‘lion’. But it can be said to be rhyming it it is spoken that way. There is very small difference when it is spoken that way.
A2. The poet suggests that we should identify a lion. We should do so by his large and bwownish-yellow colour and roar. It can be done when the lion comes near. The tiger has black stripes on the yellow background. He looks noble. He eats one as soon as he comes near.
A3. These words are not spelt correctly. The poet spells them on his own. He does so to create rhyming between them and an eating effect of the tiger.
A4. A ‘bearhug’ is the bear’s tight embrace. Hyenas never laugh. But their faces look like that. Crocodiles do not weep but tears come when they swallow their victims.
A5. It would be written like : ‘A novice might be nonplussed. The poet’s incorrect line is better because it rhymes with ‘caress’.
A6. Yes, many poets take such liberties to create proper rhyming. These are for example : Kirk is used for ‘church’ to rhyme with ‘work’. Ken is used for ‘see’ to rhyme with ‘pen’.
A7. Mainly meant for the students at class level.
I like the following lines :
- Just notice if he eats you.
- ‘Twill do no good to roar with pain.
- He’ll give you just one more caress.
- A novice might nonplus.
- Hyenas come with merry smiles.
Then the ideas are treated humorously. There are wild beasts. They see one and kill at once. They never embrace, ‘hug’ or smile merrily on their victims. Bears are said to ‘hug’ one to death as they press one very hard.
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