Once there was a very small village in the forests of Ghana, where a lovely little girl used to live. Adur was a seven year old girl, with a very little friends to play with her. She used to live in a small village near to forests with her father and mother. Her mother used to work in the houses around cleaning the utensils for others and her father was woodcutter. Sometimes, when other children of her age used to play in the open area, she used to see towards the sun hiding in the forests. They used to ignore her, as she was poor. She had some questions in her mind on what is there in that green and dark place behind her house. Her mother had told her-”Dear Adur, your father goes there to collect some woods, so that I can cook some food for you and this is what we live upon”. Adur used to ask-”Mother, are there any other people living around there in the forests? Can I also go there to see where the sun hides itself behind the tall trees?” Her mother used to smile on her innocence and always used to try and make her understand that it was full of dangerous animals, who would kill a small child like Adur as she was unable to protect herself”. This is how her life was going on, but everytime, she used to see the dawn and the sunset, her mind used to ask her some questions, which her mother could never give answers to. She was a lovely child and always used to try and talk to other children in her village, but faced restriction, every time she tried. She used to complaint to her mother about it but her mother used to consolidate her with small stories about forests and his father. This aroused a strong urge in her to go into the forests and see by herself on what lies there. One day, when everyone else was playing and the sun was about to set. Adur decided to follow the sun to see, where it exactly go at night. She started moving towards the forests without thinking about her safety. She had a kind heart with a lot of unshaped love inside. Without thinking about the wild animals in the forests, she moved forward only to find her in between the jungle. Suddenly, she heard a lion crying with pain, as he was injured because of the block of wood lying in the way. She looked at the lion, hiding herself behind the tree, but was feeling very bad for the lion. Her kind heart asked her to go and help the lion, but her mind was reminding her about her mother’s sentences about wild animals. She was just seven years old and a nature’s gift. She could not stop herself going near the lion and said very sweetly, with a tear in her eyes- “Please don’t eat me but I want to help you” “Oh! You are to small to help me girl. Go to your home, otherwise the Human Beings will kill me, thinking that I will eat you”, said the Lion. “Why will they do that?”, asked Adur. “They are powerful and they try to show their power by killing us”, answered the Lion. “Aww… that is painful. But can I touch you dear?”, the sweet voice of that little girl helped the lion to understand that she was a good human being and won’t hurt him. He said- “But how will you help me?” “I will try and collect some leaves and tie them on your wound. This will surely heal the pain”, answered Adur. She then collected some leaves from the same tree, that was lying there and helped the lion. She then asked him-”What is your name?” “I am a Lion and I am the king of this jungle. I was moving around to see that all the animals in my kingdom are safe from Human beings, as they kill them and sell their body parts to earn money. Somebody cut the tree here and left it here. I was unknown of it and got injured in the way. But, you should not be here now. It is getting late and you should go to your home”, said the lion returning his care for the kindness shown by the little girl. The girl could understand by now that it was her father, who had cut the tree. She said- “I am sorry on behalf of my father that you had to bear that much pain today. I will request him, to find out some other means to live life. One should not destroy someone else’s home like that” The lion was moved to hear this and said to the girl- “Come and sit on my back and I will drop you near your village” “But you are injured! I don’t want to hurt you more”, said the sweet girl Adur. “Oh dear, you are too small at present and it will give me joy to help you, as you helped me today” The girl then sat on his back and they started moving towards the village. All the other animals in the forest like the monkeys, the squirrels, the elephants, the rabbits were happy to see a human being on the back of their king and they were all moving their hands, in order to say goodbye to Adur. She was so happy that day to find those good friends in the form of animals and understood that simple care can help you make great friends. That day, she found her real friends in Nature and later on became one of the greatest Environmentalists. She fought for the rights of animals and also helped them get reserved forests for their survival.
Moral of the story- The nature has a lot in store for you but you have to understand first that you are only a part of this nature and it is your duty, being an intelligent creature to help other animals survive here as well. There are sustainable ways of development as well.