The Grass Eating Tiger Masalı
The young tiger was walking up and down with nervous and fast steps in his cage, behind the railings Somehow somebody was squeezing his heart with a barbed wire rope today The sun had risen and set a lot of times since he had been locked up in this cage He was about one month old The hunters had caught him when had gone for a walk in the forest one day and they had sold him to this zoo He was as tall as a fairly large cat He grew up and got srong as time passed His cage wasn’t tiny but he didn’t want to live here He would like to be free and to reach the forest, whose name he started to forget and where he longed for, and he would like to direct his life People were crowding into there, were standing in front of the cage and were watching him for a lot of minutes with of admiration
When the visitors lessened that night – fall, the keeper cleaned and washed the cage He left a half sheep as dinner into the cage He locked the door and went away While his keeper was locking the door and going away, there was a flash of lightning in the young tiger’s mind The lock’s fitting into its hole and the key’s voice while locking was unusual If his quite sensitive ears weren’t misleading him, the door hadn’t been locked properly After eating the meat left into the cage, he started his turns again The visitors started to increase again The people had eaten their dinner and they were going to parks and gardens to enjoy and relax The trouble in the young tiger’s heart had gone away and away and it had trapped into the key’s hole At midnight, if he also was lucky, he would try to run away from the cage and would try running towards his freedom
It had completely got dark; it had been a long time after the midnight had passed There was nobody around The young tiger pulled hard quickly the door with his strong paws The door, which hadn’t bee locked properly, opened easily He went out of the cage quickly He took the road on the right This road was ending in the wood further Walking up and down in the cage wasn’t similar to running outside He had got quite tired After he stopped to have a rest, he jumped over the zoo’s wall He disappeared in the darkness by running towards the forest
The young tiger passed mountains, hills and he drank cold water After three days and three nights, while the sun was rising in the morning, he arrived at the big forest, where he was caught and taken when he was too young He was free now, he was bubbling over with joy He realized that he was hungry while he was walking joyy He hadn’t eaten anything since the day he had run away He had only drunk water His keeper used to bring him meat day and night Before the hunters had caught him, his mother used to feed him However, life was too different in this immense forest There was neither his mother nor his keeper now This was something that he couldn’t think before he ran away from the cage: How would he feed himself?
He saw a deer in the grassy place further while he was thinking like this and walking The deer sometimes looked around him and then started eating grass again The deer started running immediately Two tigers jumped from the bush nearby at the same time The deer had been covered from four sides when two more tigers stood before him soon It was obvious that the tigers had laid a trap to catch the deer The best defense was attack The brave deer rushed forward with a last effort He butted terribly the nearest tiger with his sharp horns The tiger tumbled down within blood He turned to right a little He wanted to but the second tiger in front of him too However, he couldn’t hit The tigers coming after him had reached It was impossible to fight with three tigers although the deer was strong The tigers tumbled the deer down by hitting with their strong paws, they killed and ate him Then they went away
The young tiger was petrified at his place He was looking with unbelievable eyes What he saw was brutality but the rules of the forest were like this The weak became food for the stronger “Namely” he said, “the tigers feed themselves like this Because I am a tiger too, I should hunt and eat the living things I can’t kill the other animals to feed myself
No one made me get used to kill I don’t know killing and I don’t believe in the necessity of killing The deer used to feed himself by eating grass It was strong enough The animals eating grass had been strong I have no other choice; I will either stay hungry or eat grass Let the others say “does a tiger eat grass” let them say “is it possible to be a grass eating tiger” “
One month passed The grass eating tiger couldn’t find the peace he looked for in the forest The tigers accepted him but the life in the forest was completely inappropriate for the grass eating tiger Why were they suddenly getting attacker when they saw a deer, a roe or a rabbit? They had been programmed to kill; they had to kill to live At this sight there was a tiger living by eating grass, this also had to be thought While the grass eating tiger was wandering in the forest one day, he met a rabbit He was surprised with the rabbit’s not running away when he saw the tiger
Amazing! The rabbit was coming towards him He wanted to step aside but he couldn’t His feet had become stiff The rabbit hit the grass eating tiger and fell onto his back Then he stood up from where he fell and touched the tiger’s face, caressed his cheeks He asked: “Are you the grass eating tiger The grass eating tiger couldn’t say a word He was shocked
After the rabbit said “You are surely the grass eating tiger Your mouth doesn’t smell of bload like the other tigers Look, grass eater, I have heard your reputation You can’t get used to the forest, you should return to the zoo As I heard, the tigers had killed some animals in front of your eyes and they had wanted to make you get used to killing If you can’t get used to killing, the tigers will kill you Listen to me and go away from here” he wanted to go away but he fell off a hole, which was a little further The grass eating tiger took the rabbit out of the hole and when he scrutinized his face, he saw that his eye sockets were empty This rabbit didn’t have eyes He considered “a blind rabbit” He took him on his back, took and left him to his hole
The grass eating tiger couldn’t help crying when he found the blind rabbit dead in his hole the following day The tigers, which haven’t touched the blind rabbit so far, had envied him when they saw him going on the grass eating tiger’s back and had killed him The grass eating tiger’s heart was of hatred That was too much now What had they wanted from the poor rabbit? The grass eating tiger plunging into the tigers by running at the last speed, staked more than thirty tigers “It’s easy to kill a blind rabbit, come and kill me if it’s easy” What the tigers wanted was already this They would infuriate the grass eating tiger and make him attack them and then they would pull him to pieces There was always many a slip twixt the cup and the lip It suddenly got dark and started to rain heavily There were flashes of lightning and thunderbolts were falling The tigers dispersed but the grass eating tiger didn’t run away He waited until he got soaked After half an hour the rain stopped The sun shone, and the land brightened up The grass eating tiger wandered there until midnight When he saw that there were no passersby, he got bored and went away The matter of forest was over He was determined to return to the zoo now
After a few days, his keeper found him waiting in front of the cage The grass eating tiger would enter the cage a few minutes later and would reply the keeper from inside “here is my home, I’m a cage tiger I can’t go to the forest even if you wanted There hadn’t been a place for me” while he was locking him in and said “the lock has just been changed, you can’t try to run away again, because it’s impossible ” The young tiger’s heart got of pleasure when a female tiger was brought to his cage two months later They immediately became partners and close friends The day and days passed, time passed and they had two babies He became cheer, happy and his heart was of peace and the young tiger was walking up and down quietly and slowly behind the iron railings.