In a time long ago, deep in a rainforest, lived a great ape. He was king of the land. Ape was big, standing 9 feet tall and weighing over 400 pounds. All the other animals were afraid of Ape and would go to great lengths just to avoid him. It was obvious that no one could ever take him down. Although the ape was king, he was also very lazy. So lazy that he hired other animals to gather only the ripest and freshest mangos to satisfy his appetite. The trade off for these hired animals was the guarantee of their safety and protection from the dangers and threats lurking from outside the great fortress the ape had built. Many of the animals in the forest did not approve of this type of system and thought those partaking in this system were small and weak; some even brainwashed.
One day, Ape invited other great kings from various parts of the rain forest to his fortress. His aim was to discuss border disputes. Ape gave strict orders to his hired animals. Only the most perfectly ripe and golden mangos were going to be served at the meeting. He promised that the first animal to bring him the most excellent mangos would be able meet and greet the other great rulers.
The following day, the animals of the fortress woke up very early to get a head start. They did not want to disappoint Ape. Frog had always wanted to meet the great rulers of the rainforest, as it would be an experience of a lifetime for such a small animal like himself. Frog was particularly good in his hunt. This was due to his long tongue, which helped him reach the mangos at the top of the tree. His enormous mouth helped him to carry a large load. Luckily for frog, he knew exactly where to go to find the most succulent and juiciest mangos. Frog knew that this particular area was far and treacherous. He was also afraid of getting lost. His best bet would be to travel along the bank; it would be the fastest and easiest way to get to the area.
Off he went; hopping from leaf pad to leaf pad,...
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