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Spring makes us thing of things new born, so of course stories about baby animals would be great. Does it have to be a real animal? Not at all! Read this story done by a 4th grader in Oak Park, Illinois.

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The Horrible Egg Mix Up

By: Anna K-Z.

Once upon a time there lived a palligat. Palligats are a mix between a cat, a pig, and an alligator. They have a green, scaly alligator body, a very curly, pink pig’s tail, and a black and brown striped tabby cat’s head and legs. Palligats are land and water animals, but are happiest when on land. Palligats can swim and walk. When they are swimming they keep their head and legs out of the water, because cats don’t like to get wet. Their legs are held above the water, which looks very peculiar. Palligats make the sound meoink (a mix between a pig’s oink and a cat’s meow).

Palligats have litters. When the babies are born they are in eggs. When the babies come out of their eggs, the eggs have to crack. The babies are born at least three at time, although the average babies in a litter is five. If palligats had babies without the babies hatching from an egg I think it would have been much better. This is because an egg mix up is how this horrible happening came to be.

One day a mother palligat, who was three years old, and a very big palligat had a litter. All of her eggs were beginning to crack, but hadn’t yet. One evening the mother’s back was turned, and a medium sized duck named Freda, who has black feathers and a large yellow beak, and was not at all nice, came by. Freda’s husband Fred had sent her looking for their missing egg. Freda thought that one of the eggs was her egg, so she took it. The mother palligat didn’t notice that that one of her seven eggs was gone, until the eggs had hatched. When the mother (who’s name was Mary) realized that the egg was missing, she went on a search for it.

Mary, who is nice, had to take her babies with her, because she didn’t want to leave them alone. Her babies would not have wanted to be left alone anyway, because they like to stick close to their mother. They were also kind and loving, so they were anxious to find their missing septuplet. Mary had six babies left (two boys and four girls). Their names were: Martha, Bertha, Chloe, Simone, Matthew, and Rover. All of the girls were medium in size. Matthew was big, and Rover was huge.

Mary and her babies looked in the grassy and muddy Swamp Balulu, in the duck’s nest (Ha ha!), and all over the half of the island where the palligats lived. There it is warm most of the year, and there are lots of w=swampy wetlands, with alligators and fish. They even traveled to the other side of the Tropical Island Guga (which they are living on). The Tropical Island Guga is in the middle of the sea. There are no people living on it. Mary was very worried about her baby palligat. Even though she had never met the baby, she decided to name it Billy. Mary knew that the baby palligat was a boy, from what the egg looked like.

Meanwhile, the lost palligat, who was very small, had hatched in the duck’s nest. The duck had a bug surprise when a palligat hatched from the egg, not a duck. The duck was afraid at first since Billy looked so fierce, but he turned out to be sweet natured. Since Billy didn’t have any idea why he was in a duck’s nest, not a palligat’s home, he decided to run away. Billy tried to find his real mother, because he is a very adventurous boy.

Billy traveled over the whole island of Guga to find his mother. During this tie he had to find food on his own. Billy had to eat grass even though palligats are meant to eat fish, potatoes, and seaweed. They eat potatoes because they are part pig. They eat fish because they are part cat. They eat seaweed because they are part alligator. This is because he couldn’t find anything else. Billy didn’t know how to swim for fish or seaweed, or how to dig up potatoes. He needed his mother to teach him.

While Mary is on the other side of the Tropical Island Guga, she and her babies meet a very small penguin. The penguin was able to live well, because the side of the island where the penguin lived is much colder. She could see icebergs off the coast. Polar bears also lived there. They asked the penguin if she has seen Billy. The penguin hadn’t seen Billy, but offered to assist them in finding him. The penguin’s name was Sally. She was purple and blue. Sally was always caring, helpful, and nice.

When Mary, Sally, and the babies couldn’t find Billy on the side of the island where the penguin lived, they decided to go home. On the way home they checked in all barns, and anywhere else they thought there was space for Billy to be. The penguin stayed at home with all the babies, while Mary went out to look some more.

Mary looked everywhere she could think of. She looked near the brown watered, shallow swamp again, in the duck’s nest, and anywhere else she thought there was space for Billy. When she couldn’t find him she decided to go home,
because she was very, very tired and hungry. Mary thought that if she gets some sleep, she would be able to look more the next day.

When she got home, and realized that she, the penguin, and all of her babies, were hungry she walked to the nearest farm to dig potatoes. There are farms all over the island. They all are owned by animals and grow potatoes. The animals plant and grow the potatoes all by themselves. While she was digging she heard a rustling sound. Mary thought that it was, and she found a baby palligat in the barn. Mary realized it was her baby, even though he had been gone for three months. They reunited, and the baby told Mary the whole story. He told her everything he had gone through. They rushed home together to tell everyone the good news. The babies, Mary, Billy, and the penguin rolled in the dirt with joy and had a big celebration!