Deesa sat on Moti Guj's neck and gave him orders, while Moti Guj rooted up the stumps-for he owned a magnificent pair of tusks; or pulled at the end of a rope-for he had a magnificent pair of shoulders-while Deesa kicked him behind the ears and said he was the king of elephants
Tha, the First of the Elephants
, was busy making new jungles and leading the rivers in their beds.
It is a most tremendous monster, like a great spider, with a body as big as an elephant
and legs as long as a tree trunk.
At first he made a hole in the ground two feet deep; this he filled with the dry wood that was so abundantly scattered about, where it had been strewn by the elephants
, whose tracks could be seen where they had made their way through the forest.
I had been up elephant
hunting beyond Bamangwato, and had met with bad luck.
A two hours' march brought them close to the vicinity in which the elephants
had been seen the previous day.
From mice and rats to camels and elephants
, and even, on occasion, to a rhinoceros or a pair of hippopotamuses, he could supply any animal on demand.
It was a bold, not to say preposterous, idea to conceive even antediluvian trees, with branches strong enough to bear animals as large as elephants
Anyone at all familiar with elephants
will doubt it.
I shall say-- "Oh, I like it well enough--"' (here came the favourite little toss of the head), '"only it was so dusty and hot, and the elephants
did tease so
This sight gave me great pleasure, but my delight was speedily damped when I saw also numbers of horrible snakes so long and so large that the smallest of them could have swallowed an elephant
Instead of developing a mouse into an elephant
, you would develop an elephant
into a mouse