Many beautiful animals roam the plains freely.
One day, Elephant Joan saw a tourist drop something. She wanted to help. Winding her trunk in an arc, she twisted it around and picked up the small black glistening box on the ground.
Elephant Joan is curious. She likes to learn new things.
She gently rubbed the box with the end of her tusk.
Elephant Joan rubbed the tiny black box again. She held it with her trunk at eye level. “Oh! Oh!” she rumbled deep in her trunk. Now she was truly frightened. She held the black box with her trunk. She ran home to find her sister.
Elephants can really run. They kind of tramp or plop or bungle along, but they can move quickly. When they are frightened this frightens the tourists because elephants are so big.
If an elephant should step on you, you might not get up again. So, the tourists watched as Elephant Joan banged and bumped across the plain.
Half way there, Elephant Joan met Elephant Jill, her little sister. Elephant Jill knows many things about the world and the tourists. That is because she was borrowed once for a zoo in the city. That was a year ago, and she is still bragging about all she learned.
“This box! Look! It has stolen my face.”
"It's only a box." Elephant Jill said. "Tourists hold them to their ear and talk. The box did not steal your face! It took a photo of you."
“Do I still have my own face?” Elephant Joan asked.
“Of course, you do! You are talking to me with it.”
Elephant Joan smiled. She was not frightened anymore. “What a wonderful day!” she said. “The tourists have taken my face. They will show it to everybody. I will be the most famous elephant in all the world!"
Her little sister said, “Not unless you return it to the owner, silly.”