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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Part II
Rikki-tikki-tavi heard a noise in the bathroom.
Rikki-tikki-tavi heard a noise in the bathroom.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Below is the second part of "Rikki-tikki-tavi."

Later that night, Rikki-tikki-tavi was wandering the bungalow when he heard a noise in the bathroom. He peeked in and spotted Nag and his cobra wife, Nagaina.

"We must empty this house of people," Nagaina said.

"Yes," agreed Nag. "For if we get rid of the house's people, then the mongoose cannot stay."

"Go in and bite the boy's father first," Nagaina told her husband. "And then come get me and together we shall beat that little mongoose called Rikki-tikki-tavi."

Rikki-tikki-tavi knew that in order to save the family and himself, he had to stop that evil cobra, Nag. Once Nagaina had slithered away, Rikki-tikki-tavi saw his chance. With a quick mongoose jump, he threw himself at Nag.

Rikki-tikki-tavi knew he had to stop the evil cobra.
Rikki-tikki-tavi knew he had to stop the evil cobra.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

"No!" screamed Nag, in pain because of the sharp mongoose teeth that poked into his head. The great cobra thrashed around, trying to shake the little mongoose off of himself.

But Rikki-tikki-tavi held tightly to Nag's head, knowing that if he should let go, Nag could bite him.

The snake and the mongoose thrashed around the bathroom. They crashed into the soap dish and the bath.

Suddenly there was a loud THUD! Rikki-tikki-tavi noticed that the cobra had stopped fighting. He looked up to see Teddy's father holding a broomstick. With the man's help, Rikki-tikki-tavi had defeated the deadly and vicious cobra, Nag.

"Bad Nag is gone, gone, gone," Rikki-tikki-tavi heard someone sing. It was his friend, Darzee.

"But where did Nagaina go?" the mongoose asked.

"She is at the garbage pile, crying for her husband," Darzee said. "But she has a nest of many eggs that will all hatch and become cobras."

"Where is this nest?" Rikki-tikki-tavi asked the bird. Darzee told the mongoose where the nest was, and the two began to devise a plan to rid the house and garden of cobras once and for all.

Darzee distracted Nagaina while Rikki-tikki-tavi began to rescue the eggs.
Darzee distracted Nagaina while Rikki-tikki-tavi began to rescue the eggs.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

"Here is what you are to do," Rikki-tikki-tavi told the bird. "You must pretend that your wing is hurt, in order to lure Nagaina away from her nest. Then I will steal away all of her eggs. Once I take care of Nagaina, we will be safe."

The bird and the mongoose headed off, hoping that their plan would work.

Darzee distracted Nagaina with his pretend broken wing. At the same time, Rikki-tikki-tavi began to get rid of the eggs. Nagaina did not realize this was happening until only one of her eggs was left.

Nagaina grabbed the last egg and tried to escape.
Nagaina grabbed the last egg and tried to escape.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Quickly, the mother snake grabbed the last egg and tried to escape. She found a hole to crawl into and was just about inside when . . .

. . . Rikki-tikki-tavi grabbed her by the tail. "Drop that egg, Nagaina!" the brave little mongoose yelled.

Nagaina, being much larger than her enemy, pulled Rikki-tikki-tavi right down into the hole. By this time, Teddy and his family were watching. They were worried that their loving pet was lost. Darzee began to sing, "Brave Rikki-tikki-tavi is gone, gone, gone."

But just when hope was lost, Rikki-tikki-tavi climbed from the hole. He was safe, and now so was his family!

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