Snozzle the Snoring Bear.
There was a disturbance in the forest. The owl woke from his daytime sleep. Listening to the strange sound, his eyes were watchful. Other animals scurried to find the noise. The owl followed flying from branch to branch.
He soon located the sound. A white bear lay flat on his back asleep snoring loudly.
The whole forest was awake. Rabbits, mice, shrews and squirrels stood around the snoring bear. The bear was very furry, you could hardly make out his face, and his snoring rose and fell in volume.
“What a snozzelly sound” exclaimed the rabbit.
The owl hooted and joined the other animals, carrying a twig he tickled the bear’s nose, which was difficult to find in all the fur. An eye opened from the deep-set fur and another, the snoring stopped. The eyes wondered around the group of animals but the eyes closed again, once more the snoring started. The animals looked at one another in dismay. The rabbit thumped his feet for several minutes. After opening his eyes again the bear promptly shut them again. They spent a long time trying to wake the bear to no avail.
After a long discussion the animals and birds gathered twigs and leaves building with them a house around the bear, in the hope of deadening the noise of the snoring. The house completed with the bear encased inside. It had a big enough door for themselves to get in and let air to circulate. So the animals went back to their homes and the owl flew back to his nest. All was much more peaceful over the whole forest.
Two days passed and there was a new disturbance over the forest. The owl awoke and flew to where Snozzle the bear’s house was, and all the animals arrived at the scene.
“Where am I” shouted a voice from within the twig house, an arm appeared through the side of the house “get these twigs off me”. The bear sat up and the house crumbled under his strength. He stared at the animals, his white fur in curls over his body.
“His got no ears” gasped a rabbit.
“I do then” the bear felt with his paw into the mass on his head. “They are not as fine as yours rabbit, but they are here”.
“He has not got a nose,” said the mouse.
“I do then” the bear felt for his nose with his paw and showed them.
“Blue, his got a blue nose” said the mouse excitedly.
“Now you have had a good look at me, I would like a drink, show me to a pool”.
The bear got to his feet; the animals stared at the shaggy looking giant before them.
They walked to the pool nearby, and the animals watched as the bear waded into drink. He gulped and gulped the water. When he had crawled out, he found the weight of his fur very heavy with the weight of the water. Two beavers came and gave his a push till he was on dry land. Looking like a raggy carpet. The sun was shinning high and he soon began to dry out. His long fur springing back into curls. He yawned.
“I am so sleepy,” he said and promptly fell asleep, the sound of his snoring came loud and clear.
“Oh dear, Oh dear” said the rabbit stamping her feet.
“Let’s get him into the onion cave” said one of the beavers.
“How do we do that?” said the squirrel.
“Lets sing, make a loud noise” so they raised their voices, with the owl hooting, the bear soon woke up.
“Look Snozzle” said the owl “we don’t like the noise you make, the snoring, you will have to stay awake”.
“Keep awake, but I am so tired” his eyes closed once more.
“We will have to carry him,” said the small mouse.
All the animals in the forest, the rabbits the hares, the otters, the shrews, the beavers and birds of the air came to give a hand to carry Snozzle to the onion cave. The cave was pink stone with onions growing in its walls. Snozzle bear seemed to like the smell, his nose twitched. It was warm and he was soon snoring again. The cave gave an echo effect, so the noise was louder than ever. The animals crept away to their homes.
There was stillness over the forest. The listened all was quite. He flew to the cave where he found the animals gathered outside. They were sniffing the air. An aroma so good and pungent came from the cave. They all went inside, there was Snozzle bear, with a pot over a fire.
“Onion soup” said Snozzle “You are just in time”
They all sat round and waited for a portion of onion soup. The smell was wonderful and the taste was even more wonderful. The animals chatted excitedly and the owl hooted. They were full and Snozzle had double portions, after which he promptly fell asleep. The animals went on chatting and it was sometime before they realised that Snozzle was not snoring. They looked at him and noticed his nose was no longer blue, but a pretty pink. He lay their just breathing quietly.
“So that’s the cure for snoring, Onion soup”. Whispered the rabbit. “Well his got plenty of onions here”.
They were all soon sound asleep.
All was quite over the forest.
Joyce Gale © 1999
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