Henry and the Gorilla

Every story needs a good beginning his is the story of Henry the duck, but it’s a different Henry to the Henry you might know.  Because, not everybody knows this, but just about every duck is called Henry! 

And this Henry loved to tell tall stories.

Henry told lots of stories about the wonderful things he’d done.  Brave things, exciting things, the problem was, not all of them were true.  Most of the things Henry said he’d done were just made up and he’d never really done them at all. It wasn’t long before the ducks discovered Henry had been lying to them and then they stopped believing anything Henry said. Even though at least one of his stories, really did happen.

Henry had been flying home over the rainforests in Rwanda and had stopped for a short rest and it was there, in the mist, he’d seen the family of Gorillas.

Henry was very excited to see that there were baby gorillas with their Mummy and Daddy. But when he tried to get a closer look the biggest gorilla, which Henry assumed was the Daddy, stood up, growled at Henry and beat his chest.

Now Henry was very good at understanding cats and dogs and he was fluent in English (not that he’d ever been allowed to use it) but he’d never learnt Gorilla. It sounded like the Gorilla was trying to tell Henry something very important but Henry (who was never very smart) couldn’t tell what it was.

When Henry moved even closer for a better look he finally understood. The gorilla must have been saying STAY BACK, or GO AWAY or something like that, because all of a sudden the Daddy gorilla charged straight at Henry!

Henry was frozen with terror and only at the last minute did he think to fly away. The Gorilla, who wasn’t expecting Henry to suddenly leap into the air, was so surprised he ran into a tree and knocked himself out.

But just when Henry thought he was safe he saw the mother gorilla, climbing up the tree he’d landed in. She looked very, very cross and Henry was sure he didn’t want to let her catch him. Quick as he could, Henry leapt from branch to branch quacking very loudly with the gorilla right behind him.

He was right at the top of the tree when the mother gorilla finally caught up to him and as he flew up into the air the gorilla grabbed his tail feathers and pulled them right out. Luckily Henry didn’t need his tail feathers for flying and he flew home as quick as he could.

Henry was still a bit shaken when he arrived home a few days later and he couldn’t believe that he’d knocked out a Daddy gorilla, well, sort of…

The trouble was, none of the other ducks could believe it either. They thought that Henry was just making up another one of his fairy tales and for the first time in his life Henry wished he’d been more truthful. In fact, from that time on Henry tried very hard to never lie again and after a few years, some of the ducks started to believe he may actually have knocked out a Gorilla.

But only some of them.

And that’s the story of Henry the duck.

 This is a free bed time story from www.henrytheduck.net
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