In a soccer field in China, 12 animals were going to have a competition. They were going to see who could score the most goals in a minute. First up was the rat.
The rat scored a crazy 12 goals. The other animals had their turns as well. The person with the most goals at the end would get the first place in the Chinese Zodiac. The others would get their place based apon their goals.
The Ox then took his turn, he scored 12 goals, not quite as many as the rat. The other animals had their turns, and the results were in.
祝贺 Zhùhè Congratulations
The animals all assembled inside of the gymnasium. The Jade Emperor had decided the order that the animals would be in the Chinese Zodiac. All of the animals were buzzing with excitement, and they had a vague idea of where their place would be.
Coming in at the 1st place, was the Rat! 2nd was the Ox. In 3rd was the Tiger, and 4th was to the Rabbit. 5th place went to the Dragon, and 6th was the Snake. 7th went to the Horse, and 8th went to the Sheep. 9th was for the Monkey, and 10th was for the Rooster. And finally, 11th to the Dog, and 12th to the pig.
All of the animals parties and went crazy. They were really happy with their places. And that is the story of the Chinese Zodiac.