Eye of the Jaguar by Liam North

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Posted by 6spupil | Posted in General News | Posted on 25-06-2015

Eye of the Jaguar

Cautiously, Liam- a tall, handsome but shy boy- strolled down the old cobbled pathway of the local city zoo. As Liam kept going down the pathway, enclosures started to tower above his head, animals called for him from inside their prison cells. “This is no way to treat animals,” he thought. “What happened to their families? Do they even have families?”

Unexpectedly, like a bee to a flower, Liam’s bright emerald green eyes were drawn to a lonely shadow in the corner of the zoo. There was a strong beast. Proud, muscular. Liam, for an unknown reason, was more interested in this animal than any other in the entire zoo.

With great interest, the boy approached the jaguar’s small, cramped cage. He stopped. The animal turned to Liam and looked straight into his magnificent eyes. As the boy looked into the animals beautiful, golden eyes he saw sadness swirling like a tornado in its pupil. Where had the jaguar come from? Was it trying to tell him something? If so, what? That’s when pictures started to form in its eyes.

It was as if Liam had fallen into the jaguars mind. Like he was in the past. Vast stretches of cracked, dry land reached out to the horizon, heat shimmered from the ground. The sun beamed down ferociously. This must be Africa.

Hiding in the smallest amount of shade given by a tall, slim rock a family of jaguars lay: a mother, a father and 4 cubs.

“Make sure you don’t go too far,” warned the cub’s mother. “We don’t want you getting hurt or caught by them stupid humans.”

“We won’t, we promise!” cried back the four young jaguars at the same time.

Just as the parents relaxed for the first time in 18 hours, a monstrous roar echoed in the nothingness of Africa. A great metal beast roared towards them.

As the sounds of a ferocious engine zoomed closer to the tall, slim rock where the jaguars lay, all the other animals of Africa scampered away. Slamming the door loudly, the hunters scanned the area for loose animals. In the corner of one human’s eye, they saw one of the jaguar cubs hiding behind a bush. As they crept towards the cub, the father attacked one of the hunters hoping they would run away, but they didn’t. Instead the hunters shot him with one of their tranquiliser darts.

“So that’s how you got here. It’s so sad. It’s good you helped your family though,” said Liam to the jaguar.

It was starting to get dark when Liam got back into reality and the zoo was about to close so he quickly said. “Maybe I can tell my story next time.”

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