THE BOND OF LOVE
(Explanation, Meaning of Difficult Words)
Author – Kenneth Anderson
|Sloth bear||A type of bear|
|By accident||By chance, Unintentionally|
I will begin this story by talking about pet bear of my wife. It is a sloth bear. Its name is Bruno. I had brought it home by chance.
|Driving away||Cause someone to move away|
|Wild||Those living in jungle|
|Shooting at||Firing bullets|
Two years ago we were crossing a sugarcane filed near Mysore. Some people were driving away the wild pigs. These had entered the fields to cause damage to the crop. People were firing bullets at the pigs.
|Some were shot||Some were killed|
|Panting||Breathing heavily through mouth|
Some pigs got killed and other pigs ran away. By this time sun had risen to a great height. It had become hot. We thought all the animals had been driven away. Suddenly we saw a sloth bear. Its colour was black. It was breathing heavily.
|Wantonly||Deliberately, Intentionally, Unnecessarily|
Intentionally I would never shoot a sloth bear. But one of my colleagues did not have such feelings. He immediately shot the bear as soon as he saw it. The bear died there itself.
|Fur||Hair on the body of an animal|
|Prostrate||Lying on the ground with face downwards|
We were looking at the bear that had fallen down. It was lying on the ground with it face down. We were surprised when we saw that a mass of black fur moved away from the back of the fallen body.
|Pitiful||Sad, Full of pity|
Now we understood that it was a baby bear who had moved away. It had been riding on the back of its mother. And a bullet had killed its mother. The small animal was running around the dead body of her mother. It was making a voice of great sorrow. The voice was full of pity.
|Scruff of its neck||Back of the neck|
|Hooked claws||Hook shaped nails|
I ran behind the baby bear to catch it. It ran quickly into the sugarcane field. I was chasing it with my colleagues. Finally I was able to catch it by the back its neck. It was biting me. It tried to scratch me with its hook shaped nails.
We had many gunny bags with us. We put the baby bear in one of those bags. After reaching Bangalore I gifted that baby bear to my wife. She was happy. Immediately she put a coloured ribbon around its neck. Now it was her pet bear. She named the cub (baby bear) Bruno.
|Took to drinking milk||Started drinking milk|
Very soon Bruno started drinking milk from a bottle. It was merely one more step towards many other things. In a short period of time Bruno started drinking every other thing.
|Porridge||A dish made of cereals|
|Pork||Meat of pig|
Bruno ate everything that was given to it. He ate porridge made of anything like vegetable, fruits, nuts, meat etc. It did not matter what spices were put in the porridge or chillies, bread, eggs or ice-cream was put.
He drank milk, tea, coffee, juice, aerated water, buttermilk, beer, alcoholic liquor. He drank everything that was in liquid form. He really liked drinking everything.
|Alsatian dog||A type of dog, A breed of dog|
|Tenants||Who lives in a rented house|
We had two Alsatian dogs in our house. The baby bear Bruno became very friendly with them. He also became friendly with kids of our tenants. When the bear was small, we did not tie him. He was free to move around in our house. He used to play by himself. He would run into kitchen and sleep in our beds.
|accident befell him||He met with an accident|
|Mice||Plural of mouse|
One day Bruno met with an accident. Rats and mice had entered my library. I had put barium carbonate in my library. It is a poison. I had put this to kill those rats and mice. Bruno entered my library. He was in habit of eating anything that was lying in the house. So he ate that poison.
|Paralysis set in||He suffered from paralysis|
|Dragged himself||Pulled himself|
|Stumps||Legs without any strength|
|Vet’s residence||home of a veterinary doctor|
He suffered from paralysis. He was not able to move his legs. Somehow he pulled himself and reached my wife. My wife called me. I understood what had happened. I quickly put him in the car and went to the home of a veterinary doctor.
|Feverish||Hectic, Very quickly|
He took out his books and referred to that for treatment. The doctor started going through the index of the book. He was doing it at a very great speed. He asked me name of the poison. He found the treatment for the Barium carbonate. An injection was to be given. He told me that he would bring his syringe and the medicine.
|Heaving flanks||Up and down movement of chest|
|Gaping mouth||Wide open mouth|
We rushed to the car. Bruno was still struggling to stand on his legs. He was certainly becoming weak very quickly. He had vomited and was breathing heavily. His mouth was wide open. His chest was moving up and down. He was trying to breathe.
|Antidote||A medicine that neutralizes poison|
The doctor asked us to hold Bruno. He injected the syringe. Bruno screamed. 10 cc of medicine was injected into him. Not a drop was wasted. After ten minutes it was observed that his condition had not changed. So another 10 cc of medicine was injected into Bruno.
|Great feed||Good quantity of food|
|disdainfully||Look with disrespect|
After ten minutes his breathing became less noisy. He was improving. Bruno was able to move his arms and legs. But he was not yet able to stand on his feet. After thirty minutes Bruno gets up on his legs. He eats lot of food. He looks at us with disrespect. He wanted to say what is Barium carbonate? It cannot affect a black bear like me. Bruno keeps on eating. His life has been saved.
|gallon||About 3.7 liter|
|Studebaker||Brand name of a car|
|Termites||Insects that eat wood|
|Ill effects||Bad effects, Harm|
|The lot||Complete quantity|
Once I had taken out about one gallon of engine oil from my car. I wanted to use it to prevent entry of termites into our house. Bruno found that engine oil. He quickly drank the complete quantity. But it did not have any bad effects on him.
|Months rolled on||Many months passed|
|Had outgrown them||Had become bigger than them|
Many months passed. Now Bruno was many times bigger that he was earlier. His height was equal to that of our Alsatian dogs. Actually he had become taller than them. But he was same sweet and naughty Bruno. He used to play as earlier.
Bruno liked all of us. But he liked my wife most. My wife also liked him. She changed his name from Bruno to Baba. In Indian language, meaning of Baba is a small boy.
|Wrestle||To do wrestling|
|To box||To do boxing|
Baba could do some actions also. When he was given the order to do wrestling or boxing, he would fight with anyone who came near him. He would throw him on the floor. Sometimes a stick was given to him. He would be ordered to hold the gun. Then he would point the stick towards you as if it were a gun.
|Cradle||To hold in lap|
|Chained||Tied with a chain|
We used to ask him where the baby was. He would immediately bring a wooden stick. He used to hide this stick in his bed. His bed was made of straw. With lot of love, he would put the stick in his lap. Our tenant had children. They were afraid of Bruno. So most of the time we used keep Baba tied to a chain.
After some time my son and I advised my wife that we should give Baba to Zoo at Mysore. He had become too big. And he should not be kept at home. Some of our friends also advised my wife about it. After many weeks my wife agreed.
|Packed off||Sent away|
Quickly we wrote a letter to the in-charge of Mysore Zoo. We wanted to write the letter before my wife changed her mind. We had asked the curator if he wanted to have a pet bear in his zoo. He accepted the proposal. He sent a truck that had a cage on it. Baba was sent to the Zoo. It was eighty seven miles from our home.
|In a sense||Actually|
|Inconsolable||Could not be convinced to accept|
|Fretted||Worried, Became sad|
We all missed Baba so much. But actually we were comfortable because he had left us. But my wife was not able to accept the separation. She cried a lot. She was very sad. For some initial days of separation, she did not eat anything. After that she wrote many letters to the curator of Zoo. She wanted to know how Baba was. The curator replied that Baba was fine. But he was not eating food.
|To make a point||To surely do something|
Whenever any of our friends visited Mysore, my wife used to request them to surely visit Zoo. She wanted to know how Baba in the Zoo was. They told us that Baba had become thin. He looked sad. The workers of the Zoo had told them that Baba was sad.
My wife had been thinking of going to Mysore. For about three months I prevented her from going to Mysore. One day she declared that she wanted to meet Baba. She told me that I should take her in the car. Otherwise she will go by bus or train. I took her to Mysore in our car.
|Petted||Repeatedly touched with hands|
Our friends had made a guess that Baba will not recognize my wife. I also thought so. But Baba recognized her even while she was some distance away from his cage. He started shouting with happiness. My wife ran towards the cage. She petted Baba through the bars of the cage. Baba was so happy that he stood on his head.
|And what not||And many other things|
|Cried bitterly||Cried too much|
|Hardened||Person having strong heart
Who is not affected by emotions
|Reconciled||Make adjustment, To accept something|
My wife sat in front of the cage for next three hours. She did not leave the cage. She gave tea, lemon-water, cakes, Ice-cream and many other things to Baba. Then it was the time to close the Zoo. We had to move out of the Zoo. My wife cried too much. Baba also cried too much. The curator of the Zoo would normally not get emotional. But he was also feeling sad. The workers of the Zoo felt sad. I could imagine what might happen after this. I adjusted my feelings accordingly.
My wife asked the curator if she could take Baba back home. With hesitation he replied that the Baba now belonged to Zoo. It is Government property now. He did not have the authority to give Government property to anyone. He further told that his boss could certainly return Baba to you. Designation of his boss was superintendent.
|Plead||To request earnestly|
Then we returned to Bangalore and went to the bungalow of superintendent. My wife started crying while making the request. She told that she and Baba both were sad for each other. Please give me my Baba back. The superintendent was a kind person. He agreed to give Baba back. He wrote a letter to the curator of the Zoo. The superintendent advised the curator to arrange shifting of Baba to Bangalore. Baba should be transported in a cage.
|Armed with||In possession of something useful|
We went back to Mysore. We were having the letter of superintendent with us. Baba was put into a cage. The cage was lifted to the top of the car. The cage was tied correctly and safely. We started driving to Bangalore. We were driving slowly and carefully. Finally the journey was completed.
|Coolies||Workers – especial those who lift heavy materials|
|Moat||A trench that surrounds an area|
After reaching home we hired some workers to carry out a special arrangement in the compound of our house. An island was made for Baba. It was about twenty feet long and fifteen feet wide. It was surrounded by a trench. The trench was six feet wide and seven feet deep. Now Baba was not able to cross this trench.
We placed a wooden box on the island. In this box we used to keep baby birds in our house. This became the bedroom of Baba. He used to sleep in this during night.
|Stump||A wooden stick|
In the wooden box we placed some straw. This would keep body of Baba warm during night. We placed a twisted wooden stick on the island. Baba used to consider this stick as his baby. We also placed a piece of bamboo on the island. This was the gun of Baba. My wife had kept these two things in our house. She had emotional attachment to these. She gave these things to Baba after his arrival from the Zoo.
After some days the island was ready. Workers shifted the cage of the Baba on the island. He was taken out of the cage. He was now free to move around on the island. He was happy. He stood on his rear legs. Pointed his ‘gun’. He took his ‘baby’ in his lap. He was thus enjoying his games.
My wife used to spend lot of time on the island. She used to sit there on a chair. Baba would sit on her lap. Now Baba was fifteen months old. He had become quite heavy.
It is very interesting to know how my wife reaches the island. I have tied a rope to the branch of a mango tree. This branch extends upto the island. The rope has a round loop at the end of it.
She puts her one foot in the loop. She gives herself a push with the second foot on the ground. She crosses the six feet wide trench in a single swing. And jumps on the island. She returns from the compound the same way.
Now everyone agrees that even a sloth bear has affection. It has memory. It has some individual qualities also.
The Snake Trying
Author – W.W.E. Ross
Somebody is chasing a snake. That person has a stick in his hands. The snake is trying to run away to escape. The snake is moving in a curve. He is not running straight. His movements look so beautiful and stylish.
|Reeds||Plants that grow in water|
The snake floats over the water. He does not want to get hurt by people who are following him. The author requests people to allow the snake to float over water and allow it to hide behind the plants. The author does not want that anyone should hurt the snake. Author says that the snake is very small and is of green colour. This snake will not cause any harm even to children.
|Reeds||Plant that grown in desert / sand|
The snake is lying still in the sand. When somebody observes it, people try to kill it. The snake runs and people follow it. He runs in the form of waves. It does not move straight. The snake disappears in the patterns made on the sand. It hides behind thin green plants. It saves its life.