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Published on Jun 23, 2011

Zippy the Zebra, is totally bugged with fleas. Find out how Zippy gets rid of these fleas with the help of his new friends.

Symbiosis
By Urmila Ellappan
Zippy had
walked a long distance
in the African
savannah
to reach a small
lake.
He eagerly quenched
his thirst
and went to rest
under the cool shade
of a baobab tree.
Zippy tried to fall asleep,
but he felt uncomfortable
and very itchy.
For days,
there had been tiny fleas
all over his body.
He tried
to get rid of the fleas
by swishing his tail
from side to side.
He tried
to get rid of the fleas
by thumping his four legs
one by one on the ground.
He even tried thumping
all four legs at once!
He rubbed his whole body
against the tree trunk.
He tried
to get rid of some fleas
by licking his face
with his long tongue.
But nothing seemed to work!
The fleas just
wouldn’t go away!
No swishing or licking,
and no rubbing and thumping,
could make them
leave him.
Finally,
he became so tired and irritated
that he rolled on the ground
with his feet up in the air.
He saw two little birds
perched on a branch
of the mighty baobab.
They made a lot of noise,
winked at each other
and darted down.
“Wow, that was something.
Are you O.K., Pick?”
“Sure, Peck,
I’m fine!
Ehh- hi, I’m Pick!”
“And I am Peck, hi!”
With a sheepish smile,
Zippy got to his feet.
“Ahem, nice to meet you.
I am Zippy.”
“You have
such deliciously
tempting fleas
on you!”
Pick and Peck
settled down on Zippy’s back.
“Delicious?” groaned Zippy,
“I am totally bugged by them!
I just
can’t get them off,
no matter how hard I try.”
“We are very hungry, Zippy,
and we love fleas.
May we eat up all these…
nasty creatures?”
asked Pick and Peck.
“Sure! Be my guests!”
exclaimed Zippy delighted.
The birds began.
They pecked at the fleas
on his face
and legs,
they cleaned Zippy’s belly
and cleaned Zippy’s back.
The zebra stood still,
letting the birds
eat their fill.
And finally,
they were all happy.
The zebra
had been freed of the annoying fleas
and the two birds
had enjoyed
a splendid meal.
“Thank you very much
for pecking those nasty fleas
off my body.”
“Oh! We must thank you,
for providing us
with such a flea meal –
free meal.”
Animals helping each other –
as Pick and Peck
helped Zippy -
is called symbiosis.

Illustrations : Emanuele Scanziani
Animation : BookBox
Music and Art Direction : Holger Jetter
Translation & Narration : Hella Marie Vierus

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