The Sparrow’s Nest
It was Spring.
A hen and cock sparrow arrived at the zoo where they had made their nest the year before.
They went to the hollow in the wall they had used.
Three mice were already living there.
The two sparrows flew off to the elephant house and asked the old elephant what they should do.
'I'm sure someone will give you a home if you ask,' she told them.
The two sparrows flew off to the parrot house.
They asked two sleepy cockatoos if they could build their nest there.
'Your chirping would keep us awake,' they said.
The sparrows flew to the giraffes and asked if they could build a nest in their tree.
'We might eat you in mistake for leaves,' a giraffe told them.
The sparrows flew to the mountain sheep.
'You cannot build your nest here. Our home is nothing but rock.'
The sparrows flew to the rhinos.
'Our eyesight is so weak we might tread on you if you build your nest here.'
The sparrows flew to the monkey house.
The monkeys told them, 'Your nest would get in the way when we are climbing the branches.'
The sparrows flew to the hornbills and asked them.
'We would not mind. But when your chicks hatch out the sight of us would frighten them.'
The sparrows flew to the lemurs.
'We live in the dark. You can build your nest here if you can see in the dark.'
The sparrows flew to the lynxes.
'Oh yes, we like sparrows - to eat!'
The sparrows flew away.
The hen and cock sparrow flew up to the chimney pots outside the zoo.
They saw the nest of two white storks.
They asked if they could build their nest with them.
'Of course, we like company.'
The sparrows built their nest in the branches of the storks' home.
The hen laid three small eggs and three chicks were hatched out.