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They a ll fed noisily, tearing down branches of trees, pus hing down the small ones to reach the top branches. When they neared the pool they rushed to the water's edge and drank thirstily. Every now and then they would squirt water over themselves. Soon they were all wet and glistening in the moonlight, which made them seem bigger than they actually were . After drinking, some of the older elephants sprayed themselves with mud 61 that they had churned up with the ir teet. Uthers had du st baths by kicking up earth with t heir feet and throwing it over themselves.

But it had not been used for some time; it was bare in places and needed some fresh green leaves to cover it. Asking Mohan to collect some small branches, the Wildlife Warden went round the pool examining the tracks of the animals that had visited it. He was pleased with what he saw; there had been many visitors . A ladder made from a single bamboo by trimming its side shoots, which served as ste ps, led up to the machan. Moha n had never been up one of these . He had to climb it like a monkey.

Mohan considered himself lucky to witness some excitingjungle dramas which few are privi leged to see, and yet he was restless . He wished he could sit still like his fat her, without discomfort. On loo king at his father closely, he found him relaxed . Mohan deci ded to follow hIS example and relax, so that he too could enjoy the night-wat ch. T he moon which was three-quarters full was late in rising but when it did rise betw een two hills it was a beautiful sight. The moon coold be seen journeying across the star-filled night sky.

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