Leena Zebra, An African Tale
By Karen Redmond
Copyright 2012 Karen Redmond
There is a special place in South Africa named The Uzuri Animal Preserve. People believe that it is a special place because many nights a bright star appears in the sky above the preserve.
Local natives call this star Hatima, which means Destiny. They believe that Hatima has magic powers and keeps watch over those with a special purpose in life.
Everyone in Africa makes a wish when they see Hatima in the sky. Many believe that their wishes will come true someday. The truly wise know that Hatima only grants wishes to those it watches over.
One day a tiny zebra arrived on the Uzuri Preserve. The people who run the preserve named her Leena. Leena was very happy living on the preserve, and the people who ran the preserve took good care of her, but she never grew to the size of an adult Zebra. When Leena turned ten years old, Hatima called to her. Soon the tiny zebra would learn the true identity of Hatima. And soon all of Africa would know the name Leena Zebra.
The Uzuri Animal Preserve
A warm African breeze rustled the leaves of an Acacia tree, calling for Louise to come have a snack. Her long neck made it easy to snack on the tree’s high branches.
“It must be nice to be a giraffe,” Leena said. “Zebra’s aren’t so lucky. I love the new leaves that grow at the top. Can you throw me down a branch or two?”
“Sure,” Louise said as she wrapped her tongue around a branch and snapped it off for her friend. Louise dropped the branch on the ground. “Will you take a look at my tongue? Does it look weird to you?”