There's a Monkey in the Cupboard!
by Judith Barker
Tilda and Ravi are neighbours, they live in the bustling city of Bangalore. One morning, Tilda noticed something unusual at Heritage Village. Two men were busy, digging holes and scouring the earth with large machines, and pick axes. Suddenly, there was a loud crunch and a big thud! The birds squawked, the cats squealed, the dogs barked and the monkeys and squirrels scurried everywhere! ‘What was that?” Ravi cried, but Tilda didn’t wait to find out, she rode home, as fast as her legs would pedal. She almost knocked over Mrs De Mello, who was chatting with the fruit wallah.
“Mind where you’re going missy” she shouted.
That afternoon, Tilda was sad. “Why do they have to cut down the trees?” she asked her mum.
“They’re widening the roads” she said.
“Where do the animals and birds go?” asked Tilda.
“They have to find a new home” Tilda’s mum sighed.
“But there won’t be any trees left!” she gasped.
The next morning, Tilda was miserable.
"Come on," said Ravi hurriedly. “We’re late!”
Suddenly, a huge monkey jumped out.
"Oo-oo-oo, ahh, ahh, ahh," it bellowed.
“He looks hungry," said Tilda
"Come along," said Ashok the bus driver, "It’s time to go."
Today, Tilda sat on the bus alone. "What's the matter with Tilda?" they asked. But everyone shrugged.
At lunchtime, Tilda didn't eat her food, or play with her friends.
“Look! The monkeys!” Ravi shouted.
“My lunch-box” cried Tilda, “Stop thief!” But the monkeys had disappeared over the fence.
"You're not having a good day," said Ms Lily. "What’s the matter?" she asked Tilda.
"When they cut down the trees, the monkeys will be homeless." she cried.
"They’ll find a new home," her teacher smiled.
"But, they won't have any food!" Tilda gasped.
"Monkeys like fruit, so we can plant some trees" she said. “
“Tomorrow, I'm going to bring a mango tree," said Tilda excitedly.
"That's a great idea," said Ms Lily.
That day, when Tilda returned home after school, there was a strange noise in the kitchen.
"Watch out!” Tilda’s brother yelled. A family of monkeys invited themselves for tea!"
“Quickly, chase them out!” Tilda’s mum shouted.
The monkeys scampered in and out of bedrooms, doors and windows so fast, no one could catch them. Then, a loud shriek came from the kitchen.
“What was that?” Ravi laughed.
“There’s a monkey in the cupboard” Tilda shrieked.
They chased the monkeys around the apartment. Then, all of a sudden the biggest one, stopped them in their tracks!
“He's the father!” shouted Tilda.
“Sshhh!” he said.
After he carefully opened the cupboard, and a baby monkey popped out!
“Yeep, Yeep!” it screeched and quickly scuttled after the others.
“Where are they going?” asked Tilda.
"Back to the forest, until they’re hungry again” said Ravi.
“Luckily they’re vegetarian!” Tilda laughed.
The next morning, Tilda was excited, I’m going to save our banyan tree?" she cried, holding up a petition.
"Did you know, the banyan tree means a wish fulfilling tree?" said Ravi.
“Perfect,” smiled Tilda.
Everyone cheered, even the monkeys chattered happily….
”Oo-oo-oo, ahh, ahh!”