#117 – The Tale of the Bear Who Lost His Roar

Once upon a time, a bear had woken up, walked out from his cave, had a long, satisfying stretch and went to practice his roar, but nothing came out. Bear placed a hand over his mouth in shock, surely my roar is what makes me a bear, he thought. So, realising he didn’t have much time to waste before the animals of the forest discovered that he was no longer really a bear, he set off in search of his missing roar.

Bear made his way down the cliff from where his cave was and it wasn’t long before he had bumped into snake. Bear and snake were good friends, so bear told him about the fact that he had lost his roar and snake listened closely with his tiny ears. “Don’t worry, Bear,” said snake. “I’ll teach you how to hiss like me and you’ll be able to scare anyone away! It certainly works for me!” So, snake taught bear how to hold his tongue in just the way so that he could hiss. After a few tries, Bear felt like he had learned a lot from snake. He thanked him and went on his way.

By this stage, bear was hungry, so he climbed a tree to see if he could steal some eggs from a nest high up in its branches. Naturally, this made bird very upset, so he squawked and fluttered around bears face to try and scare him away. This was when bear decided to put his hissing skills to good use and hissed at the bird. The bird stopped for a moment and stared and bear before bursting out into laughter. “What do you call that!” Bird asked in between bouts of laughter.
“I’ve lost my roar,” Bear said sadly. “So, snake taught me how to hiss.”
“Well, that’s just plain silly!” Bird replied. “Everybody knows you have to squawk to scare other animals away.” Bird stopped laughing for long enough to make a deal with Bear that, if he didn’t eat her eggs, she would teach him how to squawk. Bear agreed and spent enough time with bird to feel confident that he could now scare away any animal he wanted. He thanked bird and climbed down the tree and continued through the forest.

Now getting very hungry, Bear was desperately trying to find some food. He came across what looked to be one of the quieter beehives he had seen hanging from a low branch, so he decided to take his chances. Just as he was about to try and knock the hive off the branch when the swarm of bees who lived there came home from their morning search for pollen. Seeing bear was about to wreck their home made the bees very angry, and they flew towards him at tremendous speed. Bear started flapping his arms and squawking loudly, causing the bees to stop in their tracks and start laughing loudly. One of the bees tried to tell bear how silly he looked making bird noises while looking like a bear. “It’s not my fault,” bear said sadly. “I’ve lost my roar, so bird taught me how to squawk.” Immediately, the bees formed themselves into a large ball, talking amongst themselves and coming up with a plan. They told bear that if he left their home alone, then they would help him. “I don’t think I want to learn how to buzz like a bee,” bear said. “I don’t think it would do any good.” Convinced he may never get his roar back, he started to walk off into the forest, telling the bees they were free to keep their home.

Just as he was about to give up hope, bear heard a buzzing behind him. He turned around and realised the bees had decided to chase him anyway. He started running through the forest and, as he did, bird saw what was happening and started flying after bear as well, squawking loudly and flapping her wings. Bear was running away as fast as could towards his cave when snake reared up in front of him, hissing as loudly as he could. Trapped, bear was forced to turn around and let out one of the mightiest roars the forest had ever heard. All the animals stood for a moment in shock. They knew that bear may come back to try and trick them one day, but they all agreed that they felt much better knowing that bear was able to be himself in the meantime.

Bear promised to be kind to them before picking some plants and climbing back up to his cave to finally eat some breakfast.

THE END

My name is Gregg Savage and, every night when the house is quiet, I write and publish a free children’s story at dailytales.com.au for you to share and enjoy.

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