By: Irving Zhao
Once upon a time, there was a forest. This forest had a thriving community of friendly animals. Everyone had to do their part for them to be happy.
How many animals can you spot? A lot right? These animals all contribute a special part to their environment.
The smallest of all the creatures who live in the forest are the ants. They live in their colonies and work deep inside their little burrows. They might look small but they are big in their own way.
The ants work together and achieve big things. Their burrows are not just little holes in the ground. They are gigantic fortresses built with all the ants' cooperation. They can lift even boulders if they want to.
But one little red ant, Antony, was a very different ant. He did not like all of this work that had to be done in groups. He was very impatient and thought his colony was too slow. He had heard somewhere that an ant can lift 100 times their own weight! "If we can do that," Antony thought, " Then I can do everything all on my own!"
All throughout young Antony's life, he was not a very cooperative ant. He did not lift with the other ants, or burrow when the other ants burrowed. He preferred his own agenda and did not listen to his family's advice.
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