Icy River

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Story of rabbits living near a river and who succeed in a daring rescue of a stranded hiker on the icy river.

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  • Mr and Mrs Rabbit are taking their children Buck and Leveret, for a winter walk in the park. They are having great fun throwing snowballs at one another; laughing and joking all the way through the park.
  • Buck and Leveret are racing each other and breathlessly running back saying, “I won!” Mr and Mrs Rabbit just laugh as they continue slowly walking through the park.
  • Whilst they leisurely make their pace Leveret says, “Look Mummy, there’s the children from the big house down the road”.
  • About ten minutes later, the children went running through the woods part of the park - running in and out through the trees, then disappearing deeper into the wood. “Mummy can we go and follow them?” asks Buck.
  • “What do you think dear?” Mrs Rabbit finds out from her husband. “Hmm…” he said, “well don’t be long then; about ten minutes and no longer.” “Alright then,” says Leveret and Buck. So off they run, after the children.
  • As they run they see squirrels running up trees and they are careful of seeing Mr Fox. They admire the beautiful colours of the trees and the flowers. Leveret stops to smell the flowers as she loves looking at and smelling the beautiful plants.
  • “Listen…” says Buck, “I hear the children shouting.” “Yes, there they are! They are running and shouting at each other, throwing snowballs and having great fun.”
  • With time running out, and knowing they cannot stop to play for long, they suddenly notice that the boy decides to walk on the iced up river which runs through this area of the park. The girl shouts “Is it safe?”
  • “Come on, scary babe,” replies the boy to the girl. But the girl dare not go on there. Buck looks at Leveret and Leveret looks at Buck. “He should not be on the iced river,” said Buck.
  • “No,” said Leveret. “If the ice breaks he will drown in the ice-cold water or even become trapped under more ice.” They should have asked their Mummy and Daddy if it was alright to go on the river like this.
  • “What shall we do?” asks Buck. “We need to warn them, but we have to go back now - our ten minutes are finished.”
  • “Hang on,” said Leveret as she runs towards the girl. “Look!” cries the girl “A rabbit!” as she shouts to the boy on the iced-river. Then Buck comes running to the scene as well. Both rabbits begin running to and fro, trying somehow to get the boy off the ice.
  • Meanwhile Mr and Mrs Rabbit were becoming angry, as Buck and Leveret had not returned on time. “I don’t know,” says Mrs Rabbit, “I thought our children were getting better in doing as they were told, but it seems not, she sighed.”
  • Then suddenly, Mrs Rabbit sees Leveret come running towards her. Leveret had decided to go and get help. “Where have you been?” asks Mrs Rabbit, “And where is that brother of yours?”
  • “Mummy, come quick! The boy from the house down the road is on the iced-river and it looks like it might break up any moment now! “What can we do?” cried Mr Rabbit. “Well we can’t do nothing!” exclaimed his wife.
  • “Yes, I have been looking through the window; it’s as if she is trying to tell you something.” Then Mrs Rabbit does it all again - running around the car, pulling at the trouser legs and then running towards the gate.
  • So the man decides to follow Mrs Rabbit who takes him to the park, where he could hear shouting and screaming. He runs faster now, towards the noise. When he gets there he sees his son on the iced-river and the ice just starting to break up, leaving the son on a piece of ice which was still holding up.
  • The man reaches for his mobile phone and rings ‘999’. They come with a boat and are able to get the boy to land safely just before the ice eventually breaks up.
  • “Oh Daddy,” cried the boy, “Oh son, don’t you realise that you should never go on any water covered in ice – it's not safe!”
  • “How did you know I was here?” asked the boy. “Well believe it or not one of those big rabbits we see now and again, came running round me and my car; as though I was to follow him, so eventually I did. Thankfully I did, because I just got here just in time.”
  • When they looked around they saw that the rabbits had gone and girl said “The young rabbits came to us as though they were telling us something and now they have disappeared.”
  • “Well you’re safe and sound and we owe a lot to those rabbits." They all walk home happily.
  • Meanwhile Buck and Leveret are back with their Mummy and Daddy. “Sorry we shouted at you,” said Mr Rabbit to Buck and Leveret. “Obviously you were trying to help in the situation.”
  • “Yes, we were,” said Buck “and we are glad we saved the boy.” “Well there is another lesson for you to learn here,” said Mr Rabbit, “if the boy and girl had asked their Mummy or Daddy if it was alright to go on to an ice-river I’m sure they would have warned them about doing it.
  • And that goes for every boy and girl who sees a river or lake covered with ice. Don’t go on there, even though it might look nice to. Always ask Mummy or Daddy to be sure.
  • “Yes,” said Buck. “Yes,” said Leveret, as they all continue to finish their walk and return home to have a nice hot bath, hot meal and nice warm beds.
  • “Do we have to? Tests Buck and Leveret. “Goodnight Buck, goodnight Leveret.” "Oh goodnight mummy, goodnight daddy," replies Buck and Leveret reluctantly.
  • "What is going on here?" he says to himself. At that moment his wife comes out the front door. "Look at this!" exclaims the man.
  • However Mr Rabbit goes with Leveret to try and help get the boy off the river. Mrs Rabbit decides to go back to the children's house down the road.
  • Just as Mrs Rabbit arrives at the house she sees the man of the house getting out of his car. She runs over and around the car and tugs at the man's trouser leg. She repeats this several times.
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