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Alt 22-02-2012 #1
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The little whale whose mother was killed by whale hunters was swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. Whilst swimming, he was surrounded by a group of sharks that included about twenty members. The leader of the sharks came nearer to the little whale and said ‘ I know you and I can understand how you feel little whale. Being unhappy won’t help you. You can’t get anything living unhappily. People killed your mother. You must get your revenge. You mustn’t swim around doing nothing. We are your friends and we can teach you how to kill people so that you can kill them cruelly and get your revenge. In the near future people will get to know you and they will be afraid of this cruel whale.’

‘Did people eat my mother?’ asked the little whale.

‘Yes, my little friend they did. People are so cruel. They kill all the living things in the world wildly and also they are really cruel to each other as well. I have seen lots of people fighting with each other on the ships. My grandfather used to say that they were also fighting on the land and the one who beats the other one was becoming a hero.’ answered the leader of the sharks.

‘It means that people are really bad creature, aren’t they? asked the little whale.

‘Yes, they really are.’ said the shark.

‘If they are so, I am going to punish all of them and the ones that killed my mother and made me cry for a long time but I don’t know how to do this.’ the little whale said.

‘You can learn it. Come on honey, follow me. Let’s go my dear friends. Deep waters are waiting for us.’ said the shark.

The sharks taught the little whale all the techniques about how to kill people and it took them one month to do this. Their aim was to send the little whale to the beaches where a lot of people swam and to make him kill all the people who were swimming around.

Little whale was sure of himself. He was definitely confident that he was able to kill people and he always told the sharks he wanted to kill all the people and pull them to pieces. However, the leader of the sharks thought it was necessary to test the little whale if he really learned how to kill that before sending him to the beach to kill people. So five of the sharks started to look for a person swimming around alone and away from the other people who were doing different activities on the beach. After a short time they realized that there was a little boy swimming alone near the lighthouse. This little boy was going to be their first victim. They didn’t want to go closer to the child as they didn’t want him to be scared. They turned back quickly and showed the little whale his first victim so that the little whale started to swim towards the little boy. The sharks thought that the little boy must be a professional swimmer as the sea was very deep around the lighthouse otherwise he couldn’t swim there because most of the people were afraid of it. At first the little whale took his head out of the sea and then his body and tail appeared. The child realized the whale immediately. The whale took a deep breathe and dived into the sea. Although it was just a baby whale, it was four metres long. It was impossible for the little boy to swim towards the beach because the whale could swim much faster than him so that it could catch him before reaching the beach. He started swimming parallel to the beach but the whale came closer and closer and then the whale started swimming next to him and after a while it suddenly opened its mouth and then closed it. Then it turned back and swam towards the sharks.

When he came near them:

‘ I completed my mission. I killed the child.’ he said.

‘ Did you pull him to pieces?’, asked the leader of the sharks.

‘ No, I didn’t pull him to pieces’, said the little whale.

‘ Didn’t you? What did you do, then?’ asked the shark.

‘ I swallowed him.’ replied the whale.

‘Swallowed?’ asked the shark.

‘ Yes, I did. The child is in my stomach now.’ said the whale.

‘ No matter what you did. As a result you killed him. I really appreciate what you did and I want to congratulate you. We are going somewhere far away tomorrow to attend a meeting so that we won’t be here for a few days. I want you to go to the beach and kill as may people as possible. You can either pull them to pieces or swallow them. You must swim around all the beaches and kill all the people you come across. Do not pity on them.’ said the leader of the sharks.

After a few days the sharks came back and found the little whale swimming around happily. The little whale told them that he had killed twenty people cruelly and people had been afraid of swimming in the sea since than because they were scared to death and next he boasted them all the people were afraid of him. All the sharks became very pleased when they heard that.

The next day one of the sharks saw the boy whom the whale pretended as if he swallowed the other day on the beach near the lighthouse. He went directly beside their leader and told what he had seen so that the leader got furious. He went beside the little whale angrily.

‘You told us that you had swallowed that little boy but we saw him on the beach and he was alive. Nothing has happened to him. He looks so healthy. Are you making fun of us?’ he said.

The whale realized that he was being surrounded by the sharks that seemed very angry.

‘Yes, I swallowed him but I couldn’t digest him so I had to vomit him because he started kicking my stomach.’ replied the little whale.

‘Shut up, you liar! you didn’t swallow him and you didn’t attack other people swimming around. They were all lies. You also told us that people couldn’t come to the beach as they were afraid of you but you see all the beaches are full of people and they don’t care about you. All the things that you told us were lies. If you can’t kill them, I will…… said the leader of the sharks. And he couldn’t finish his sentence.

‘What will you do? I got bored of you all. Get out of my sight!’ said the whale angrily and then hit the leader with his head so strongly that it went down the depths of the sea and then he started to swim very fast towards the beach. It was too late to turn back and the sharks were swimming just behind him and they were so close. If they caught him they would pull him to pieces.

Little whale reached the beach hardly. It struggled and kicked about while lying on its back for a while and it could manage to move a bit on the beach. When he got weak he let his head on the hot sand. The child recognized the whale and ran beside him.

‘What is happening little whale? You must be in the sea not on the beach!’ said the little boy.

‘Thanks God. Is it you little boy? Sorry I can’t remember your name.2 said the little whale.

‘My name is Mark. I am OK! What are you doing on the beach?’ asked the little boy.

‘My name is Sili. We met a few days ago, didn’t we?’ asked the little whale.

‘Yes, I do. We swam next to each other for a while. When you opened your big mouth I got so frightened because I thought that you were going to eat me but I was wrong. You just opened your mouth widely and then closed it and swam away. I couldn’t understand why you did like that.’ said the little boy.

‘ Did you really think that I was going to eat you. That was just a joke. I am so sorry that I made you frightened. Please forgive me for my behaviour’ said the whale.

‘ OK! I do forgive you. Would you please tell me what is going on now? What is the reason for your being here on the beach instead of swimming in the sea?’ asked the little boy.

Little told him everything.

‘As you see my friend all the sharks are chasing me all around and I can not fight them alone because there are twenty sharks that want to kill me. That is why I am here.’ said the whale.

‘Why didn’t you swim away when the sharks went far away for the meeting? You should have asked for help from the other whales.’ said the little boy.

‘If I had swum away, the sharks would catch me easily. I would have no chance to survive because all the sharks in the sea would start looking for me in order to kill me. I wouldn’t have asked for help from other whales because that would cause a cruel war between all the sharks and whales living in the sea. as a result a lot of whales and sharks would die just because of me. I might have died in that war. But now only I am dying and none of the whales is in danger. It is not the end of the world if I die. The world is like a drop in the space and I am not even like a drop in the ocean’ explained the whale.

‘If your mother hadn’t died, the sharks wouldn’t have tried to kill you. You wouldn’t be here and running away from them.’ said the boy.

‘ That is true but people are responsible from my mother’s death. They killed her. What is more I can’t understand the reason why they killed my mother. She didn’t hurt them. Why do you think they killed her, Mark?’ asked the little whale.

‘To earn some money. Some people kill animals to earn some money. They don’t care about what would happen to the babies of those animals that they kill. How can those babies survive without their mothers? They won’t give harm to a child whose mother or father died. Because they respect that child and pity on him. A child whose mother or father died when he was small can understand you very well. I promise you I will never give harm anything on earth.’ promised the child.

‘ I love you, Mark’ said the little whale.

‘ I love you, too Sili’ replied the little boy.

Written by: Serdar Yıldırım


Annesi balina avcıları tarafından öldürülen yavru balina Atlas Okyanusu’nda yüzerken etrafını yirmi kadar köpekbalığı sardı. Başkan köpekbalığı yavru balinanın yanına gelerek: “ Seni tanıyorum ve durumunu çok iyi anlıyorum yavru balina. Ama üzülmekle eline bir şey geçmez. Anneni insanlar öldürdü. Sen bunu onların yanına bırakmamalısın. Annenin intikamını almalısın. Biz senin dostunuz. Sana öldürmeyi öğretip, insanların üstüne salacağız. Çok yakında insanlar yavru balinayı tanıyıp, ondan korkacaklar “ dedi.

“ Annemi yerler mi insanlar? “ diye sordu yavru balina.

“ Yerler yavrum. İnsanlar acımasızdır. Onlar dünyadaki tüm canlıları acımasızca öldürürler. Hoş, insanlar birbirlerine karşı da acımasızdır. Ben buralarda çok gördüm gemiler içinde savaşan insanları. Dedem insanların toprak üstünde de savaştıklarını söylerdi. Savaşı kazanan kahraman olurmuş. “

“ İnsanlar kötü yaratık desene? “

“ Hem de çok kötü yaratık. “

“ O zaman beni annesiz bırakan, bana günlerce gözyaşı döktüren insanları cezalandıracağım, ama bunu nasıl yapacağımı bilemiyorum. “

“ Öğrenirsen bilirsin. Haydi, yavrucuk peşimden gel. Siz de peşimden gelin köpek kardeşlerim. Derinlikler bizi bekliyor. “

Aradan bir ay geçti. Bu sürede köpekbalıkları bildikleri öldürme yöntemlerini yavru balinaya öğrettiler. Hedef, insanların toplu halde yüzdükleri plajlar olacaktı. Plajlar, insan kanına boyanacaktı. Yavru balina, öldürürüm, parçalarım, diyordu ama onu plaja salmadan önce bir deneme yapmalıydı. Bakalım öldürebilecek miydi? Beş köpekbalığı yalnız yüzen insan aramaya başladı. Deniz fenerinin yakınında bir çocuk yüzüyordu. İlk kurban o olacaktı.

Köpekbalıkları sahilden uzak kaldılar. Çocuğu ürkütmek istemiyorlardı. Yavru balina hızla çocuğa doğru yüzmeye başladı. Fenerin oralar derin demişti köpekbalıkları, çocuk demek ki, usta yüzücüydü. Yoksa onun ne işi vardı böyle derin yerde. Yavru balina kafasını suyun üstüne çıkardı, daha sonra gövdesi ve kuyruğu göründü. Çocuk, yavru balinayı hemen fark etti. Derin bir nefes alıp suya daldı. Balina yavruydu ama dört metre boyundaydı. Sahile doğru yüzmeye kalksa bunu başaramazdı, çünkü yavru balina ondan çok daha hızlıydı. Yetişmesi an meselesiydi. Bundan dolayı çocuk sahile paralel yüzüyordu. Yavru balina çocuğa yetişti, bir süre onunla yan yana yüzdü ve aniden dönerek ağzını açıp kapadı. Yavru balina köpekbalıklarının yanına döndüğünde:

“ Görevimi başardım. Çocuğun işi tamam “ dedi.

“ Çocuğu parçaladın mı? “ diye sordu, başkan köpekbalığı.

“ Hayır, parçalamadım “ dedi yavru balina.

“ Parçalamadın mı? O zaman ne yaptın? “

“ Çocuğu yuttum. “

“ Yuttun mu? “

“ Evet, yuttum…Çocuk şimdi midemde. “

“ Öyle veya böyle, çocuğu öldürmüşsün işte. Seni kutlarım yavru balina. Biz yarın uzaklara gidip bir toplantıya katılacağız. Birkaç gün yokuz. Sen şu ilerdeki plaja git, yakaladığını ister parçala, ister yut. Sıradan bütün plajları dolaş. İnsanlara acıma yok. “

Köpekbalıkları döndüğünde yavru balinayı buldular. Yavru balina yirmi insanı acımadan öldürdüğünü, insanların plajlara çıkamadığını, etrafa korku saldığını söyledi. Köpekbalıkları bu habere çok sevindiler. Ertesi gün bir köpekbalığı deniz fenerinin yakınındaki sahilde yavru balinanın yuttum dediği çocuğu gördü. Başkanı bularak durumu anlattı. Başkan, bunun üzerine çok sinirlendi. Nefretle yavru balinanın üstüne gitti:

“ Hani yutmuştun o çocuğu, bak fenerin oradaymış. Sen bizimle dalga mı geçiyorsun? “

Köpekbalıklarının etrafını sardığını gören yavru balina:

“ Şey, yutmuştum ama hazmedemedim, kusuverdim. Çocuk midemi tekmelemişti. “

“ Sus, yalancı seni, çocuğu yutmadın, plajlara saldırmadın, bütün plajlar dolu. Hani plajlara kimse çıkamıyordu, hani etrafa korku salmıştın. Yalan, hepsi yalan. Madem öldüremiyorsun, ölürsün. Şimdi seni…”

Başkan köpekbalığı sözlerini tamamlayamadı, çünkü yavru balina:

“ Beni ne yaparsın? Sıktın artık, çekil önümden “ dedikten sonra, ona sert bir kafa vurarak denizin derinliklerine yolladı.

Yavru balinanın önü açılmıştı. Gücünün yettiği kadar hızlı yüzmeye başladı. Karşısı sahildi. Artık geriye dönüş yoktu. Peşinde sürüyle köpekbalığı vardı. Yakalarlarsa parçalarlardı. Yavru balina kendini sahile zor attı. Debelendi kumun üstünde biraz daha, biraz daha ilerledi. Gücü tükenince başını sıcacık kumun üstüne bıraktı. Çocuk yavru balinayı tanımıştı. Onun yanına geldi:

“ Ne oluyor, yavru balina? Neden sahile çıktın? “

“ Oh, sen miydin? Nasılsın çocuk? Adın neydi senin? “

“ Benim adım Mark. İyiyim de burada ne işin var? “

“ Benim adım de Sili. Geçenlerde tanışmıştık, hatırladın mı? “

“ Hatırladım. Bir süre yan yana yüzmüştük, sonra sen gitmiştin. Üstüme gelirken beni yiyeceksin sanıp korkmuştum.”

“ Kim? Ben mi seni yiyecektim? O bir şakaydı. Seni korkuttuğum için özür dilerim. Beni affet.”

“ Affettim gitti. Anlat bakalım Sili, neler oluyor? Neden denizde değil de buradasın? “

Yavru balina olanları anlattıktan sonra:

“ Ya, işte böyle Mark, köpekbalıkları peşimde, sayıları yirmiden fazla. Onlarla yalnız başıma çarpışamam. Acı gerçek ama benim için böylesi daha iyi olacak. “

“ Köpekbalıkları toplantıya gittiğinde kaçıp gitseydin uzaklara veya balinalardan yardım isteseydin? “

“ Kaçsam kısa zamanda yakalanırdım. Kurtuluşu yoktu. Okyanustaki bütün köpekbalıkları peşime düşerdi. Balinalardan yardım isteyemezdim, çünkü bu korkunç bir savaşın başlangıcı olurdu. Yüzlerce balina ve köpekbalığı birbirine girerdi. Arada belki ben de ölürdüm. Oysa şimdi sadece ben ölüyorum, hiçbir balinayı tehlikeye atmıyorum. Bir benim için başkalarının keyfini kaçıramam. Sili ölürse kıyamet kopmaz. Hayat devam eder. Dünya uzayda nokta kadar, fakat Sili dünyada nokta kadar bile değil. “

“ Annen yaşasaydı köpekbalıkları sana sokulamazdı. Bu duruma düşmezdin. “

“ Onun orası öyle de annemi insanlar öldürdü. Asıl suçlu annemi öldüren insanlar. Mark, sence insanlar annemi neden öldürdü? “

“ Kazanç uğruna. Bazıları kendileri kazansın diye can alıyorlar. Öldürürken düşünmezler ki, balinanın yavrusu ne olacak? Yavru annesiz ne yapacak? Örneğin; annesiz, babasız bir çocuk ne olur, ne yapar, nasıl yaşar? Çocukken bunu düşünen biri büyüdüğünde diğer canlıların hayatına saygı duyar, onlara zarar vermez. Tanrı şahidimdir ki, ben insan olsun, diğer canlı varlıklar olsun hiçbirine zarar vermeyeceğim. Yemin ediyorum. “

“ Seni seviyorum, Mark.”

“ Ben de seni seviyorum, Sili. “


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The young tiger was walking up and down with nervous and fast steps in his cage, behind the railings. Somehow somebody was squeezing his heart with a barbed wire rope today. The sun had risen and set a lot of times since he had been locked up in this cage. He was about one month old. The hunters had caught him when had gone for a walk in the forest one day and they had sold him to this zoo. He was as tall as a fairly large cat. He grew up and got srong as time passed. His cage wasn’t tiny but he didn’t want to live here. He would like to be free and to reach the forest, whose name he started to forget and where he longed for, and he would like to direct his life. People were crowding into there, were standing in front of the cage and were watching him for a lot of minutes with full of admiration.

When the visitors lessened that night – fall, the keeper cleaned and washed the cage. He left a half sheep as dinner into the cage. He locked the door and went away. While his keeper was locking the door and going away, there was a flash of lightning in the young tiger’s mind. The lock’s fitting into its hole and the key’s voice while locking was unusual. If his quite sensitive ears weren’t misleading him, the door hadn’t been locked properly. After eating the meat left into the cage, he started his turns again. The visitors started to increase again. The people had eaten their dinner and they were going to parks and gardens to enjoy and relax. The trouble in the young tiger’s heart had gone away and away and it had trapped into the key’s hole. At midnight, if he also was lucky, he would try to run away from the cage and would try running towards his freedom.

It had completely got dark; it had been a long time after the midnight had passed. There was nobody around. The young tiger pulled hard quickly the door with his strong paws. The door, which hadn’t bee locked properly, opened easily. He went out of the cage quickly. He took the road on the right. This road was ending in the wood further. Walking up and down in the cage wasn’t similar to running outside. He had got quite tired. After he stopped to have a rest, he jumped over the zoo’s wall. He disappeared in the darkness by running towards the forest.
The young tiger passed mountains, hills and he drank cold water. After three days and three nights, while the sun was rising in the morning, he arrived at the big forest, where he was caught and taken when he was too young. He was free now, he was bubbling over with joy. He realized that he was hungry while he was walking joyfully. He hadn’t eaten anything since the day he had run away. He had only drunk water. His keeper used to bring him meat day and night. Before the hunters had caught him, his mother used to feed him. However, life was too different in this immense forest. There was neither his mother nor his keeper now. This was something that he couldn’t think before he ran away from the cage: How would he feed himself?

He saw a deer in the grassy place further while he was thinking like this and walking. The deer sometimes looked around him and then started eating grass again. The deer started running immediately. Two tigers jumped from the bush nearby at the same time. The deer had been covered from four sides when two more tigers stood before him soon. It was obvious that the tigers had laid a trap to catch the deer. The best defense was attack. The brave deer rushed forward with a last effort. He butted terribly the nearest tiger with his sharp horns. The tiger tumbled down within blood. He turned to right a little. He wanted to but the second tiger in front of him too. However, he couldn’t hit. The tigers coming after him had reached. It was impossible to fight with three tigers although the deer was strong. The tigers tumbled the deer down by hitting with their strong paws, they killed and ate him. Then they went away. The young tiger was petrified at his place. He was looking with unbelievable eyes. What he saw was brutality but the rules of the forest were like this. The weak became food for the stronger. “Namely” he said, “the tigers feed themselves like this. Because I am a tiger too, I should hunt and eat the living things. I can’t kill the other animals to feed myself. No one made me get used to kill. I don’t know killing and I don’t believe in the necessity of killing. The deer used to feed himself by eating grass. It was strong enough. The animals eating grass had been strong. I have no other choice; I will either stay hungry or eat grass. Let the others say “does a tiger eat grass” let them say “is it possible to be a grass eating tiger” “.

One month passed. The grass eating tiger couldn’t find the peace he looked for in the forest. The tigers accepted him but the life in the forest was completely inappropriate for the grass eating tiger. Why were they suddenly getting attacker when they saw a deer, a roe or a rabbit? They had been programmed to kill; they had to kill to live. At this sight there was a tiger living by eating grass, this also had to be thought. While the grass eating tiger was wandering in the forest one day, he met a rabbit. He was surprised with the rabbit’s not running away when he saw the tiger. Amazing! The rabbit was coming towards him. He wanted to step aside but he couldn’t. His feet had become stiff. The rabbit hit the grass eating tiger and fell onto his back. Then he stood up from where he fell and touched the tiger’s face, caressed his cheeks. He asked: “Are you the grass eating tiger. The grass eating tiger couldn’t say a word. He was shocked.

After the rabbit said “You are surely the grass eating tiger. Your mouth doesn’t smell of bload like the other tigers. Look, grass eater, I have heard your reputation. You can’t get used to the forest, you should return to the zoo. As I heard, the tigers had killed some animals in front of your eyes and they had wanted to make you get used to killing. If you can’t get used to killing, the tigers will kill you. Listen to me and go away from here” he wanted to go away but he fell off a hole, which was a little further. The grass eating tiger took the rabbit out of the hole and when he scrutinized his face, he saw that his eye sockets were empty. This rabbit didn’t have eyes. He considered “a blind rabbit”. He took him on his back, took and left him to his hole.

The grass eating tiger couldn’t help crying when he found the blind rabbit dead in his hole the following day. The tigers, which haven’t touched the blind rabbit so far, had envied him when they saw him going on the grass eating tiger’s back and had killed him. The grass eating tiger’s heart was full of hatred. That was too much now. What had they wanted from the poor rabbit? The grass eating tiger plunging into the tigers by running at the last speed, staked more than thirty tigers. “It’s easy to kill a blind rabbit, come and kill me if it’s easy”. What the tigers wanted was already this. They would infuriate the grass eating tiger and make him attack them and then they would pull him to pieces. There was always many a slip twixt the cup and the lip. It suddenly got dark and started to rain heavily. There were flashes of lightning and thunderbolts were falling. The tigers dispersed but the grass eating tiger didn’t run away. He waited until he got soaked. After half an hour the rain stopped. The sun shone, and the land brightened up. The grass eating tiger wandered there until midnight. When he saw that there were no passersby, he got bored and went away. The matter of forest was over. He was determined to return to the zoo now.

After a few days, his keeper found him waiting in front of the cage. The grass eating tiger would enter the cage a few minutes later and would reply the keeper from inside “here is my home, I’m a cage tiger. I can’t go to the forest even if you wanted. There hadn’t been a place for me” while he was locking him in and said “the lock has just been changed, you can’t try to run away again, because it’s impossible.” The young tiger’s heart got full of pleasure when a female tiger was brought to his cage two months later. They immediately became partners and close friends. The day and days passed, time passed and they had two babies. He became cheerful, happy and his heart was full of peace and the young tiger was walking up and down quietly and slowly behind the iron railings.

Written by: Serdar YILDIRIM


Genç kaplan kafesinde, demir parmaklıklar ardında, sinirli ve hızlı adımlarla gidip geliyordu. Nedense bugün yüreğini sanki dikenli tel halatıyla sıkıyorlardı. Bu kafese kapatıldığından beri güneş birçok kereler doğup batmıştı. Bir aylık ya vardı ya yoktu. Ormanda gezintiye çıktığı gün avcılar yakalayıp bu hayvanat bahçesine satmışlardı. Daha o zamanlar boyu irice bir kedi boyu kadardı. Zamanla gelişip güçlendi. Kafesi dar değildi, ama o burada yaşamak istemiyordu. Özgür olmak, adını bile unutmaya başladığı, hayali gözlerinin önünden gitmeyen ormana kavuşmak, hayatına kendisi yön vermek istiyordu. İnsanlar akın akın geliyorlar, kafesin önünde durup dakikalarca, hayranlık dolu bakışlarla kendisini seyrediyorlardı.

O akşamüstü ziyaretçilerin azaldığı zamanda bakıcı kafesi temizleyip, yıkadı. Akşam yemeği olarak yarım koyunu kafesin içine bıraktı. Kapıyı kilitledi, gitti. Bakıcısı kapıyı kilitleyip giderken, genç kaplanın beyninde bir şimşek çaktı. Kilidin yuvasına oturuşu ve anahtarın çevrilirken çıkardığı ses alışılmışın dışındaydı. Oldukça hassas kulakları onu yanıltmıyorsa, kapı tam olarak kilitlenmemişti. Kafese bırakılan eti yedikten sonra, her zamanki voltalarına başladı. Ziyaretçiler tekrar çoğalmaya başladılar. İnsanlar, akşam yemeklerini yemişler, eğlenmek, dinlenmek için parklara, bahçelere gidiyorlardı. Genç kaplanın yüreğini saran sıkıntı gitmiş, gitmiş kilidin anahtar deliğinde sıkışmış kalmıştı. Gece yarısı, biraz da şansı yardım ederse, kafesten kaçıp ormanına, özgürlüğüne koşmayı deneyecekti.

Hava iyice kararmış, vakit gece yarısını geçeli çok olmuştu. Görünürde kimseler yoktu. Genç kaplan güçlü pençeleriyle kapıya hızla asıldı. Tam olarak kilitlenmemiş kapı açılıverdi. Kafesten süratle dışarı fırladı. Sağ yola saptı. Bu yol ilerdeki ağaçlıkta son buluyordu. Kafeste gidip gelmek, dışarıda koşmaya benzemiyordu. Oldukça yorulmuştu. Durup dinlendikten sonra hayvanat bahçesi duvarından atladı. Ormana doğru koşarak karanlıklarda kayboldu.

Genç kaplan dağlar, tepeler aştı, soğuk sulardan içti. Üç gün üç gece sonra, sabah güneş doğarken, daha çok küçükken yakalanıp götürüldüğü büyük ormana vardı. Özgürdü artık, içi içine sığmıyordu. Neşeli neşeli yürürken karnının acıktığını hissetti. Kaçtığından beri heyecandan üç gündür bir şey yememişti. Sadece su içmişti. Kafeste sabah akşam bakıcısı et getirirdi. Avcılar yakalamadan önce annesi beslerdi. Fakat bu uçsuz bucaksız ormanda yaşam çok farklıydı. Şimdi ne annesi vardı, ne bakıcısı vardı. Kafesten kaçmadan önce düşünemediği bir şeydi bu: Ne ile karnını doyuracaktı?

Böyle düşünüp yürürken, ilerdeki otlukta bir geyik gördü. Geyik, arada sırada etrafına bakınıp tekrar ot yemeğe başlıyordu. Geyik, aniden koşmaya başladı. Aynı anda yan taraftaki çalılıktan iki kaplan fırladı. Biraz sonra geyiğin önüne iki kaplan daha çıkınca geyik dört yandan sarılmıştı. Belli kaplanlar geyiği yakalamak için tuzak kurmuşlardı. En iyi savunma hücumdu. Cesur geyik, son bir gayretle ileri atıldı. Kendisine en yakın kaplana sivri boynuzlarıyla müthiş bir kesme vurdu. Kaplan kanlar içinde sırtüstü yuvarlandı. Hafif yana döndü. Önündeki ikinci kaplana da aynı şekilde vurmak istedi. Fakat tutturamadı. Peşinden gelen diğer kaplanlar da yetişmişti. Geyik, ne kadar kuvvetli olursa olsun, üç tane kaplanla baş etmesi olanaksızdı. Kaplanlar, güçlü pençeleriyle vurarak geyiği yere yuvarladılar ve öldürüp yediler. Daha sonra çekilip gittiler.

Genç kaplan, olduğu yerde donmuş kalmıştı. İnanılmaz gözlerle bakıyordu. Gördüğü bir vahşetti. Fakat orman kanunları böyleydi. Zayıf daha kuvvetliye yem oluyordu.“ Demek ki ” dedi, “ kaplanlar böyle karınlarını doyuruyorlarmış. Ben de kaplan olduğuma göre benim de canlıları avlayıp yemem lazım. Ben karnımı doyurmak için diğer hayvanları öldüremem. Kimse beni öldürmeye alıştırmadı. Öldürmeyi bilmiyorum ve öldürmenin gerekliliğine inanmıyorum. Geyik ot yiyerek besleniyordu. Gücü kuvveti yerindeydi. Ot yiyen hayvanlar güçlü oluyormuş. Başka çarem yok, ya aç kalacağım ya da ot yiyeceğim. Varsın “ kaplan ot yer mi “ varsın “ ot yiyen kaplan olur mu “ desinler.

Aradan bir ay geçti. Ot yiyen kaplan ormanda aradığı huzuru bir türlü bulamadı. Kaplanlar onu aralarına kabul etmişlerdi ama ormandaki yaşam ot yiyen kaplana ters geliyordu. Neden geyik, karaca, tavşan gördüklerinde aniden saldırganlaşıyorlardı. Onlar öldürmek için programlanmışlardı, yaşamak için öldürmek zorundaydılar. Bu tarafta bir kaplan ot yiyerek yaşıyordu, bunu da düşünmek lazımdı.

Ot yiyen kaplan bir gün ormanda gezerken karşısına bir tavşan çıktı. Tavşanın kendisini görüp de kaçmamasına şaşırdı. Hayret, tavşan üstüne doğru geliyordu. Kenara çekilmek istedi, çekilemedi. Ayakları tutulmuştu. Tavşan, ot yiyen kaplana çarpıp sırtüstü düştü. Daha sonra yattığı yerden doğrulup onun yüzünü elledi, yanaklarını okşadı. “ Sen ot yiyen kaplan mısın? “ diye sordu. Ot yiyen kaplan gık diyemedi. Dili damağına yapışmıştı.


“ Tabii canım, sen ot yiyen kaplansın. Ağzın öteki kaplanlar gibi kan kokmuyor. Bak ot yiyen, şöhretin kulağıma kadar geldi. Sen ormana alışamazsın, hayvanat bahçesine dönmelisin. Duyduğuma göre, kaplanlar senin gözlerinin önünde bazı hayvanları öldürüp, seni de öldürmeye alıştırmak isterlermiş. Eğer öldürmeye alışamazsan kaplanlar seni öldürürler. Sen beni dinle ve çek git buralardan “ dedikten sonra yürüyüp gitmek isterken az ilerdeki bir çukura düştü. Ot yiyen kaplan tavşanı çukurdan çıkardı ve onun yüzüne dikkatle bakınca göz çukurlarının boş olduğunu gördü. Gözleri yoktu bu tavşanın. Kör bir tavşan diye geçirdi içinden. Onu sırtına bindirdi ve yuvasına götürüp bıraktı.

Ertesi gün kör tavşanı yuvasında ölü olarak bulan ot yiyen kaplan gözyaşlarını tutamadı. Şimdiye kadar kör tavşana dokunmayan kaplanlar onu ot yiyen kaplanın sırtında giderken görünce kıskanmışlar ve öldürmüşlerdi. Ot yiyen kaplanın yüreği nefretle doldu. Bu kadarı da fazlaydı artık. Ne istemişlerdi garip bir tavşandan. Son sürat koşarak kaplanların arasına dalan ot yiyen kaplan otuzdan fazla kaplana rest çekti.

“ Kör tavşanı öldürmek kolay, sıkıysa gelin beni de öldürün. “

Kaplanların beklediği buydu zaten. Ot yiyen kaplanı çileden çıkarıp üstlerine saldırtacaklar sonra parça parça edeceklerdi. Evdeki hesap her zaman çarşıya uymazdı. Aniden ortalık karardı ve şiddetli bir yağmur başladı. Şimşekler çakıyor, yıldırımlar düşüyordu. Kaplanlar sağa - sola kaçıştılar ama ot yiyen kaplan kaçmadı. Sırılsıklam oluncaya kadar bekledi. Yarım saat sonra yağmur dindi. Güneş açtı, ortalık aydınlandı. Ot yiyen kaplan gece yarısına kadar oralarda gezindi. Gelen giden olmadığını görünce beklemekten bıkıp uzaklaştı gitti. Orman işi buraya kadardı. O, şimdi hayvanat bahçesine dönmeye kararlıydı.

Birkaç gün sonra sabaha karşı bakıcısı onu kafesin önünde beklerken buldu. Ot yiyen kaplan biraz sonra kafese girecek ve bakıcısı kapıyı üstüne kilitlerken, “ Kilit yeni değişti, bir daha kaçma numarasına kalkışamazsın, çünkü artık imkânsız “ demesine karşılık, içinden “ Yuvam burası, ben kafes kaplanıyım. Hem istesem de ormana gidemem. Bana göre değilmiş orası “ dedi.

İki ay sonra kafesine dişi bir kaplan getirilince yüreği kıvançla doldu genç kaplanın. Eş oldular birbirlerine ve kaynaşıverdiler. Gün döndü, günler döndü, zaman geçti ve iki tane yavruları oldu. Neşelendi, mutlandı, huzur doldu yüreği ve genç kaplan artık kafesinde, demir parmaklıklar ardında sakin ve yavaş adımlarla gidip geliyordu.

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A very big place was reserved for giraffes in the zoo which was in Gülhane Park. There lived a mother and a father giraffe with their two children. They were walking with a swaying movement all day long and the visitors were watching them. The mother and the father giraffes had been living in that place for a very long time so that they got used to living there and they didn't complain about it, but their children were bored and they always asked their father: ' How long are we going to live here? When are you going to take us to the places that you have told us in the fairy tales?'.

One day one of his children asked him, 'Daddy, how did we come here? Who took us here?'.

Then the father giraffe decided to tell his children the story of their grandfather who lived very far away from there so that they could be able to understand how they ended up in that place.

And he started:

'All the giraffes are very tall and have long necks but your grandfather was very short when he was born. As the years passed away he become older but he could not get taller and as he got older the desire to be a star in a circus grew more and more in his heart. He did not want to live in that place, and being an ordinary giraffe was not proper for him. So he started to organize shows in the wood where he lived to achieve his goal. All the animals living in that wood were interested in his shows and watched his imitations of different animals happily.

One day hunters came to that wood. They were there to catch some animals and take them to a zoo. While they were watching around with their binoculars on a hill, they saw the squad giraffe making his show. When they saw his admirable acting and excellent show they thought that he was a marvellous juggler so they decided to catch him. After the show they started to follow him secretly. The squad giraffe was not surprised because he knew that to be successful there were some difficulties that he had to struggle with. He thought in details about what he should do to dispose of those hunters in and made a very brilliant plan.

He knew that if he did something without planning it he would have some difficulties and would be caught by the hunters easily. It was impossible to understand what the hunters' intention was and how they were planning to catch him.

The next day the hunters pinched him near a reed bed. While the hunters were moving ahead they were so happy because they were sure of catching him as there was nowhere for him to run away. When they found out that he disappeared, they could not believe their eyes. They realized that the footprints of the squad giraffe disappeared near the reed bed. In fact this was a part of the giraffe's plan. He escaped from there by getting on a trunk of a tree which he had hidden there the day before. The following day he could hear the hunters saying that if he was caught, he was going to be taken to a zoo. After hearing this conversation he became so happy that he appeared jigging up and down on his four feet. Then he howled like a wolf and roared like a lion. The hunters were shocked when they saw him doing such things and behaving like a fool. After that the squad giraffe started doing all the tricks that he knew one after another and finished his show. The hunters liked his show very much so that they applauded him.

When he was taken to the zoo, he started living here where we live now. But he continued making his shows in his new home. In the meantime my mother and he fell in love. After a time I was born. When I was a little giraffe I remember that a lot of people were coming here to see him and to watch his shows. He was making his shows all day long without getting tired. By the way an international circus used to come here on certain dates of each year. Once while the circus was being established here the owner of it started walking around the zoo. When he saw the crowd he what was happening there so he smuggled into the crowd. After watching the squad giraffe making his show he understood that he was very talented and could become a world-famous star so he gave him lots of money to transfer him to his circus. The squad giraffe put this opportunity into good use and after a few rehearsals he appeared on the stage. He was so successful that the number of people who came to the circus increased suddenly.

The circus used to stay for ten days wherever it was established and there used to be only one show during the day. After the small giraffe started working there this changed and four or five shows a day were being made and that year the circus stayed in the zoo for a month.

The next year when the circus came here my father visited us. He was here to see my mother and me and his friends. We were very happy.

We were together for about two hours. He told us that he had been to a lot of countries making shows and attracted attention of everybody. He wanted to become a star in a circus and he did his best for this and finally he achieved his goal. He was so happy. Did you understand how we came here to this place?'
'Yes, daddy we did. We got it very well', the children replied all together and they looked at each other smiling.

There is an undeniable truth that there is nothing which can not be done if you want to do it so much. Nothing or nobody can stop you. You might have some dreams of your own or you would like to be as successful as somebody you admire there is nothing to stop you so you should go for it. The little giraffes followed their grandfather's footsteps and became very successful circus stars. If you look at the sky very carefully at night you can see them blinking you.

Written by: Serdar Yıldırım


The lion, king of woods, didn’t have a son to continue his family and kingdom so that he was very unhappy. If he had a son, his son would grow up in a few years time and walk around in the woods throwing his mane into the air. When he roared to keep the security of the woods all the criminals or the ones who were getting ready to commit a crime would look for a place to hide as they got frightened of his voice and his power. Why didn’t he have a son to leave his crown and kingdom? He didn’t even have a single relative or a child of a relative to whom he might teach how to be a king or manage the woods and who can be the king after he get older. The king must be noble and aristocrat. It wasn’t easy to be a king. Anybody who wants to be a king couldn’t manage the woods. He should have noble descendants. If the king made an ordinary lion the king there would be some problems because that lion might be unable to manage all the animals that lived in his kingdom which might cause a chaos and a rebellion would break up and this might result in death of lots of animals.

The king of the woods thought that he should leave his kingdom and his crown to a lion which was from his family otherwise he would not be relaxed. So that he decided to check out his family tree once more much more carefully. He agreed on controlling every detail about his father, his grandfather and his other relatives in details. I must find a lion that is noble.

He made lots of researches for a very long time and as a result he found out some new information about his family. Four generations ago when the king left his kingdom to his elder son the younger one got really upset and that he abandoned the kingdom. While searching for some information about his family he learned that this lion started to live in a very far away wood which was called Grandr. He started a new life which was very simple there. He couldn’t find any other information about what had happened to that lion afterwards. The king invited the fox to his palace and told him about all those things. Then the king wanted the fox to make an investigation if he could find any of his relatives
in that woods and also he ordered him to bring the youngest and talented one with him to the king’s palace. The fox wasn’t going to tell anyone about his journey to any other animals otherwise it was going to be killed.

When the fox reached the Grandr woods he saw a small group of people who were listening to a small lion playing the guitar. The fox was really surprised because he had never seen a lion playing the guitar before. And the lion was playing it very well. He wanted to see the lion’s performance and listen to him from a nearer place so that he walked along through the crowds and took a seat at the first row. Now he could hear the sound of the guitar much better. He listened to the lion playing his guitar for a while and as a result he thought that it was such a talented lion. He wanted to listen to the lion’s concert till the morning but it was impossible because when it got dark the lion ended his concert and thanked to those who were listening to his concert. The fox was really impressed and it was the best performance he had ever seen and listened to.

The next day the fox started his investigation to find out something about what had happened to the youngest son of the king that had left his homeland many years ago. He talked to each of the animals and asked them if they knew anything about that lion and what might have happened to him, if he had any sons or if he died alone without having a family and children of his own but he couldn’t find the answers of these questions because none of the animals that he talked to didn’t gave him a clear explanation. They all told him that they didn’t know anything about that lion and his story.

The fox’s investigation took ten days and in the end a very old lion confessed that he knew something about the lion that he was trying to get some information about. There was only one lion that survived and all the others had died and that was the lion playing the guitar when he first arrived in those woods. It wasn’t very difficult to find that lion for the fox. He was again giving a concert at the same place. When the concert ended the fox went beside the lion and told him that he was sent there by the king of the woods and that the king had heard about that talented lion so that invited him to give a concert in his palace. The lion accepted the king’s invitation and set off his journey with the fox to go to the palace.

When they arrived at the palace the fox firstly showed the lion his room and then went to talk to the king about what had happened in details. Fortunately a lion that was noble and coming from the royal family had been found. What is more it was really talented. But his being able to play the guitar surprised the kind and he also thought that it was very strange for a lion to play the guitar.

After having dinner in the dining room of the palace the lion started his concert. All the animals that were listening to his concert in the palace were fascinated. Everybody thought that he had supernatural powers as if a magical hand was playing the guitar and sometimes the lion was also singing while playing his guitar and that was really unbelievable.

Day after day as the king got to know the lion he started to love him much more. He was noble, honoured, well informed besides he was respectful and cultured. Moreover he was the king’s cousin. What else would be expected from a lion that was going to be the king? The king decided to leave his kingdom to this lion. But the king couldn’t find a way to explain this situation to him. It was very difficult for the king to do this. The days were passing by but the king couldn’t talk to the lion about his intention. Fortunately he could find the courage at himself to talk to the lion all about. And he told him every detail.

‘Here is the family tree and these are the names or our grandparents that were the kings before. When my grandfather was requested as a king after his father, your grandfather left the palace and moved to Grandr woods. And you are the only one who survives of his descendants. I mean you are my cousin and you are the only one who will be the king after I die’.

The lion wasn’t surprised when he heard what the king had told him. He had listened to those stories from his father many times. He told the king that he had known everything. The king congratulated the lion because of his honesty. He might have pretended as if he didn’t know anything but he didn’t do so. As a result the king was so honoured because of having a cousin like him and he was very pleased that he could find the right lion to leave his kingdom.

Written by: Serdar Yıldırım


Many years ago there was a king who was interested in astronomy. He spent most of his time in the observatory which was built near his palace. He wanted to have all the books that were written about the sky, stars, space and astronomy so far and all the maps drown about them in his library. He invited astrologists and astronomers from other countries to his palace and took a share in their discussions about the evolution stages of the world until that time, the adventures of mankind on earth, whether there was an intelligent life on other planets or not and they tried to find out the answers of such kind of subjects.

One day he heard that a Persian man who was called Ebu Salip Efendi invented a kind of telescope and thanks to it he had discovered lots of new stars. The king called for his vizier by his side and said to him ‘I want to know what the new discovered stars look like and every detail about them. I want an ambassador to go to Persia and I want him to invite Ebu Salip Efendi to my palace as my guest’.

After many days and weeks Ebu Salip Efendi who thought the conditions which were written on the letter which was sent to him by the king with the ambassador were favourable, got permission from the Persian shah and set off his journey to the palace. The king welcomed his guest at the entrance of his palace. Then they started talking about the stars which were discovered by his guest and as they continued their conversation the king became more and more curious about the things which his guest was telling him. When the king heard that his name was given to the biggest star which was discovered by Ebu Salip in his honour, he became very excited and was really delighted that he wanted his guest to make a similar telescope for him as soon as possible. The next day they went to the observatory which was next to the palace. Ebu Salip Efendi told the king that the equipments they had were not qualified and the observatory was not big enough for the telescope. He wanted permission to build a bigger observatory from the king. After getting permission, he started the building of the new observatory on a slope of a mountain which was far away from the palace and moved to a village near it.

It took so long to build the observatory and so much money was spent on it that there was no money left in the state treasury. As a result of this, the king wanted his taxmen to collect the taxes belonging to four or five years’ later from the people who lived in that country. Unfortunately the people had lots of difficulties because they had given all their money for the building of the observatory so that they were desperate. And they started fighting with the taxmen but the king could not understand that he was mistaken so that he did not care about the people who tried to advise him of his mistake. He could not realize his false step because of his curiosity about the newly discovered stars and the biggest star which his name was given to. He could not think of anything accept them. He started listening to the meetings which were held in the palace about the stars, space and astronomy much more carefully and Ebu Salip Efendi sometimes attended those meetings.

One day in summer the king and his two men changed their clothes and wore ordinary clothes which were worn by merchants in his kingdom and went to the village where Ebu Salip started living. The owner of the village was a kind hearted, honest and brave man. He was about thirty years old. He invited the king and his two men to his house. They ate different kinds of meals and drank some buttermilk and after that they started talking about ordinary daily things and then the conversation turned to stars and space. The king who was dressed up like a merchant started talking about the first man on the earth and ended up his speech by giving information about all the secrets of earth. He said that the space was infinite and there were countless planets and stars in it and he added that owing to the new observatory which was being built thanks to the great king and the telescope which was really reformed lots of unknown planets and stars were going to be discovered. In addition he said that humanity owed thanks to the king.

The owner of the village who was listening to the king who was dressed up like a merchant quietly and then he said ‘Why should the humanity owe him thanks? We must think about where the money which is spent for the building of the observatory comes from. It is not fair to get lots of taxes from the people who are hard up and it is not legal and this is cruelty. When new stars are discovered will it be useful for the poor? Will they eat the new discovered stars to get rid of their hunger? And everybody knows that Ebu Salip spends one tenth of the money for the building and buys lots of birds with the remaining of it’.

These words were so irritating that when the king heard them he stood up with anger. When his men saw him standing up they stood up as well holding their swords and taking them out of their spear carriers as well. They were ready to attack the owner of the village because it was obligatory to kill this indiscreet and rude man. The man’s speech affected the king deeply that’s why the white part of his eyes disappeared because of hatred and anger.

After he got rid of the shock he cries out to the man, ‘How dare you speak about the king this way? It is the duty of every citizen to pay tax for his country. If everybody says I don’t care who will find out the secrets of the universe?’

The owner of the village who was sitting on a cushion answered back:

‘Everybody should pay tax in accordance with their income. It is not fair to get this much tax from those poor people and they gave all their money in tax. Ok! I know that the people who try to find out the secrets of the universe serve mankind a lot but they can not get the results of their discoveries in less than two years time. As the scientific researches and technical achievements progressed, those secrets will be discovered day by day. May be centuries are required for this. I mean more time is needed for it’.

The things he said were very logical so that the king became so silent and calmed down. Then he asked if one tenth of the money was being spent for the observatory how could the remaining be spent on birds.

The owner of the village replied, ‘On the last day of each month lots of gunny bags full of birds are being sent the Persian shah. The king could not speak any more. He greeted the owner of the village with his head and went out. He and his men hopped on their horses and set off speedily to the capital city. They learned that everything which was claimed by the owner of the village was true. Thanks to the plan which was made cleverly by the king, on the last day of the month they found out bags full of gold which was prepared to be sent to the Persian shah. All the criminals were captured. It was understood that Ebu Salip Efendi was a liar and he did not know how to make a telescope and anything about stars and that he had not discovered any stars and also all the things that he mentioned in the meeting were made up and memorized by him. Ebu Salip sold all his possessions in his country and gave all his money to the king in order to be forgiven by him. The king forgave him and let him survive in one condition. He was going to be followed by the king men until he died. All the money taken from Ebu Salip and gold coins which were found out the last day of the month were handed out to the people. They were so pleased.

The king and his men continued visiting the owner of the village and staying in his house dressed up like ordinary people. During these visitations neither the king who was dressed up like a merchant told the owner of the village that he was the king, nor the owner of the village told the king that he understood that he was the king at first sight. They swapped information all the time and the king stopped thinking about the planets and the stars. Moreover, he started taking care of his people.

Written by: Serdar Yıldırım


There lived thousands of ducks around a lake. These ducks organized different competitions and competed gently and they awarded the ones who came first. Gadro was winning all the competitions which were organized for the last few years. He was coming first an all competitions such as swimming, diving, walking beautifully etc. many years ago while his friends were playing around; Gadro was training alone and was very ambitious about being the champion one day. He didn’t attend any of the competitions without being sure of himself and he came first in all the games that he attended.

Recently, Gadro started to say his friends that he was planning to migrate somewhere far away. In fact he wasn’t happy there. It was such a small place and he thought that the world was so big. His aim was to be famous all around the world. Being famous in that place was not enough for him. He wanted to be a world famous duck.

One day Gadro left his homeland without telling anyone. He was walking so fast and what is more he didn’t turn back to look at the places where he was born and grew up once more. As he was going away from his homeland that was by the lake he realized that a pain in his heart was growing bigger and bigger. Whenever he saw some animals on his way through the woods he immediately went near them but when he realized that those animals were behaving him as if he was an ordinary duck and they were laughing at him when he told them about some of his plans. So that he was really unhappy and desperate.

After a while Gadro realized that other animals were laughing at even the way he walked so his unhappiness grew more and more. He thought that they were a few stupid animals and he found it ridicules how they could dare to laugh at a champion duck that was really talented and could be a world famous sportsman one day.

He was known by thousands of ducks that lived by the lake and he was admired by them. What about those animals. None of them was famous and known by any other animals. They didn’t even know who or what they were. Was it possible for an animal that forgot its own name to remember Gadro, even if he was known by everyone? They were all poor, pitiable creatures.

For five years Gadro travelled and lived in lots of different places. And then he turned back to his homeland by the lake. He wasn’t walking around the lake any more as he did in the past and at nights he was training for swimming and diving in the lake. During the day he was watching the ducks that were swimming in the lake at the top of one of the hills around.

One day Gadro climbed on that hill again and to his amazement he saw that there were about forty or fifty ducks by the lake and five of them started competing in the lake. Rarely could he hear some of the ducks were applauding the competitors. Gadro thought they must be training. After a short time Gadro realized that an old duck was approaching him. He pulled down his hat on his eyes in order to be unknown by this old duck. After greeting Gadro the old duck sat next to him.

‘This year very few ducks are showing interest in competitions’ the old duck said. ‘As you see only five ducks are competing and hardly fifty ducks are watching and trying to courage them.’

Gadro was confused.

‘What did you say? Are they competing at the moment? I don’t believe it. I thought they were training!’ replied Gadro.

‘They are really racing my son. What is more this is the most important competition of the year. The duck which comes first in swimming will get the big prize. There used to be amazing competitions in this lake. This hill, those hills and the ones behind used to be full of spectators and hundreds of ducks used to attend the competitions which lasted for days and all the competitors tried to do their best. The ones that came first became perceptible in the competitions which were held on the next day and they used to get their awards while everybody was applauding them. After Gadro left here, the excitement of the competitions ended. If it goes on this way, in a few years time there will be nobody attending the races. It is really hard to find a duck to compete if there is no spectator.’ the old duck explained sadly.

Gadro was really touched while listening to the old duck and there were tears in his eyes. He pulled up his hat a bit to clean his tears. The old duck who had seen Gadro many times while he was competing and training around the lake realized that the duck sitting next to him was Gadro. He was the champion of all the games. It was unbelievable. Ha turned back to his homeland many years later. At first Gadro denied that he was the champion duck but in the end he confessed that he was because the old duck insisted on him a lot. Also he accepted to publicize his being back to other ducks.

The next day, thousands of ducks gathered by the lake. They were all waiting for Gadro so that he didn’t make them wait for too long. He came there and he started swimming in the lake with the old duck and he met all the ducks in the lake and greeted them, made some compliments and a short speech to the ducks.

Then he started coaching the young ducks that were getting ready for the next competitions. The did his best to make each of them good competitors. Hundreds of ducks started to attend the competitions again as it used to be in the past. Gadro entered the competitions as well. He was coming first in most of them and sometimes he let others to beat him because he wanted to courage the other young ducks and everybody knew that he was being beaten on purpose.

That year Gadro was twenty-four and he got really old. He could attend the short distance swimming competitions for the past few years. In his last competition although he had some problems at the beginning of the game he didn’t give up swimming. He came last. When the other ducks turned back after completing the race they saw Gadro. The champion duck was falling on his back as he tried to swim and he was struggling desperately. Other ducks were shocked and they knew that Gadro had done lots of things for them to be a champion. He coached them day and night. And their coach was in a difficult situation. They swam quickly back towards Gadro and they took him in their arms. He could hardly speak as he was nearly unconscious. He was saying that he had to finish the race. He managed to finish the race in the arms of other ducks while thousands of ducks were watching him silently.

Normally average life expectancy for a duck is about twenty five years but Gadro lived longer than that. He couldn’t compete any more but he was always there to support the other duck.

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Swallow and sparrow became close friends. They started walking around in together. Other swallows said nothing at the beginning about this circumstance. However, the things changed when the swallow started bringing the sparrow to its nest. Nest of the swallow was under the eaves of an empty wooden house and there were many nests of swallow next to it. Going there from and thereto made swallows disturbed.

Swallows held a meeting and they appointed a spokesman. This spokesman told about this circumstance with it in a suitable time and said it not to bring this sparrow to its nest.

Although the swallow showed some obstinacy, it finally was obliged to obey by this requirement.
One night the sparrow suddenly wakened while it was sleeping. Tree on which it built up its nest among its branches was swinging. It flied away and had a look-see round the environment. Thereupon, it recognised that it was an earthquake.

Its close friend, the swallow, came to its mind. It arrived at its nest and it weakened its close friend. It said the swallow to weaken other swallows and the wooden house may be fallen onto the ground. The swallow fulfilled what it said. Once the last swallow flied away there, the wooden house was fallen onto the ground. Later, swallows set up new nests under eaves of another house and they did make no rejection for the sparrow to go from and to the nest of the swallow for the reason that they were owed their life to it.


Kırlangıç ile serçe dost olmuşlar. Birlikte gezip dolaşmaya başlamışlar. Diğer kırlangıçlar önceleri bu duruma ses çıkarmamışlar. Fakat kırlangıç serçeyi yuvasına getirmeye başlayınca işler değişmiş. Kırlangıcın yuvası ahşap, boş bir evin saçak altındaymış ve burada pek çok kırlangıç yuvası varmış. Serçenin gelip gitmesi, kırlangıçları rahatsız etmiş.

Kırlangıçlar toplanıp bir sözcü seçmişler. Sözcü uygun bir zamanda kırlangıca konuyu açmış ve serçeyi yuvasına getirmemesini söylemiş.

Kırlangıç biraz direttiyse de sonunda genel isteğe boyun eğmek zorunda kalmış. Bir gece serçe yuvasında uyurken aniden uyanmış. Dalları arasına yuva kurduğu ağaç sallanıyormuş. Uçup çevreyi şöyle bir kolaçan etmiş. O zaman bunun bir yer sarsıntısı olduğunu anlamış.

Aklına dostu kırlangıç gelmiş. Kırlangıcın yuvasına gitmiş, onu uyandırmış. Kırlangıca diğer kırlangıçları uyandırmasını, ahşap evin sarsıntıdan yıkılabileceğini söylemiş. Kırlangıç söyleneni yapmış. Son kırlangıç da kaçınca ahşap ev yıkılmış. Daha sonra kırlangıçlar başka bir evin saçak altına yeni yuvalar yapmışlar ve yaşamlarını borçlu oldukları dost serçenin kırlangıcın yuvasına gelip gitmesine karşı çıkmamışlar.

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Ahmet’s mother and father were poor. They were living in a small house with only one room. Since his father’s lungs were ill, he compulsorily retired. Ahmet finished primary school in difficulty by selling pretzel out of school time. Later by the help of his neighbour he started to work in a restaurant to do the washing up. Ahmet had taken the first step to realize his dreams. He had met the wonderful meals which he formerly used to see behind the restaurant windows. Now he had full three courses a day. He had kept Uncle Veli, who was cooking in the restaurant, observing. He would learn cooking from him and he would be a cook himself, too but Ahmet would work not in somebody else’s restaurant but in his own one.

Ahmet opened a restaurant in the city centre after he had done his military service. Because his meals were very delicious, the restaurant was full of customers. He was earning well. Sometimes poor people used to come to the restaurant and eat free meal.

The waiters working in the restaurant and the customers couldn’t find any sense of Ahmet’s going and leaving two plates of meals to an empty table during lunch times. How would they know that they were Ahmet’s present to his mother and father, whom the poverty had finished years ago? They also wouldn’t be able to hear that while putting the plates on the table Ahmet was murmuring “you aren’t going stay hungry any more from now on mummy and daddy. Have your meals and get yourself very full.”


Annesi, babası fakirdi Ahmet’in. Tek göz odalı bir gecekonduda oturuyorlardı. Babasının ciğerleri hasta olduğundan zorunlu emekliye ayrılmıştı. Ahmet okul olmadığı zamanlar simit satarak zorlukla ilkokulu bitirdi. Daha sonra komşusunun yardımıyla bir lokantaya bulaşıkçı olarak girdi. Ahmet hayalini gerçekleştirmek için ilk adımını atmıştı. Eskiden lokantaların camları arkasında gördüğü o güzelim yemeklere kavuşmuştu. Artık günde üç öğün karnı doyuyordu. Lokantada yemek pişiren Veli dayıyı göz hapsine almıştı. Ondan yemek yapmayı öğrenecek ve kendi de bir aşçı olacaktı ama Ahmet başkasının lokantasında değil kendi lokantasında görevini yerine getirecekti.

Ahmet askerden geldikten sonra şehrin mevki yerinde lokanta açtı. Yaptığı yemekler çok lezzetli olduğu için lokanta müşterilerle dolup taşıyordu. Kazancı yerindeydi. Ara sıra muhtaç insanlar lokantaya gelirdi ve bedava yemek yerlerdi.

Lokantada çalışan garsonlar ve müşteriler Ahmet’in öğle vakitleri boş bir masaya giderek masanın üstüne iki tabak yemek bırakmasına bir anlam veremezlerdi. Onlar ne bileceklerdi yıllar önce sefaletin bitirdiği anne ve babasına Ahmet’in armağanını. Hem onlar duyamazlardı ki, tabakları masanın üstüne bırakırken Ahmet’in “ Bundan sonra aç kalmayacaksınız anneciğim ve babacığım. Alın yemeklerinizi karnınızı bir güzel doyurun “ diye mırıldandığını.

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There was a rabbit imagining itself like a lion. One day this rabbit convened all rabbits in the vicinity on a high hill and said them that it would frighten wolf, jackal, fox in the case they would pass through the rough path in the downstairs. Rabbits listened to it with no movement.

Ten minutes later, a wolf was passing through this path and it was suddenly surprised to see a rabbit shouting and running toward itself, and this circumstance caused it to frighten, and it urgently run away and disappeared there.


Tavşanın biri kendini aslan zannedermiş. Bir gün bu tavşan civardaki tavşanları yüksekçe bir tepeye toplayıp aşağıdaki patika yoldan kurt, çakal, tilki geçmesi halinde korkutup kaçıracağını söylemiş. Tavşanlar, onu sakin şekilde dinlemişler.

On dakika sonra bir kurt geçiyormuş ki, bir de ne görsün, bağırıp çağırarak üstüne doludizgin gelen tavşanı görünce ürkmüş ve son sürat oradan kaçmış.

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There was a fox hanging wings on it and stealing hens from poultry-houses upper sides of which were uncovered. Once poultry-house owner recognised this circumstance, they covered upper-sides of them.

A fox never likes being hungry and remaining with no remedy. It learnt soil digging work from one mole and started entering into poultry-houses through underground. Poultry-house owners thought that mole was stealing the hens and always hoped to catch a mole.


Tilkinin biri kanat takıp üstü açık kümeslerden tavuk çalarmış. Kümes sahipleri durumu fark edince kümeslerin üstünü kapatmışlar.

Tilki açlığı ve çaresizliği hiç sevmezmiş. Bir köstebekten toprak kazma işini öğrenip, yeraltından kümeslere girmeye başlamış. Kümes sahipleri tavukları çalanın köstebek olduğunu sanıp, hep bir köstebek yakalamayı ummuşlar.

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One of the jackals found a rifle while it was walking in the jungle. It recognised there were two cartridge in the rifle, and it immediately started robberies. Animals in the jungle, properties of which were stolen and were under threat convened and they arrived before lion. The lion was informed about the circumstance and this made it very angry and thereafter, it followed the jackal around.

The lion seeing the jackal to walk some ahead has roared. The jackalpointed its gun at it when it saw that the lion was approaching, and immediately before opening fire, the lion frightened and started running away. Thereupon, the jackal run after the lion, too. Just then, a river appeared in front of them. Both of them swam and crossed the river. The lion run a while and then suddenly stopped running. The jackal stopped as well. The lion turned back and walked over the jackal.

The jackal realized that wet rifle did not open fire and thrown the rifle out and it crossed back the river. The lion followed the jackal. The lion chased the jackal for a long time in the jungle, and it hit a fiston it as soon as caught it. The jackal escaped with great difficulty its life from the lion. From then, no body has seen it in the surrounding.


Çakalın biri ormanda gezerken bir tüfek bulmuş. Bakmış tüfekte iki fişek var, hemen soygunlara başlamış. Malı çalınan, tehdit edilen orman hayvanları toplanıp aslanın huzuruna çıkmışlar. Durumu öğrenen aslan çok kızmış, çakalın peşine düşmüş.

Çakalı ilerde giderken gören aslan kükremiş. Çakal aslanın geldiğini görünce tüfeğini doğrultmuş, tam ateş edecekken aslan korkmuş, kaçmaya başlamış. Çakal da aslanı kovalamış. Derken, önlerine bir ırmak çıkmış. Ikisi de yüzerek karşıya geçmiş. Aslan biraz daha koşmuş, sonra aniden duruvermiş. Çakal da durmuş. Aslan geri dönüp çakalın üstüne yürümüş.

Çakal ıslanan tüfeğin ateş etmediğini görünce tüfeği atıp ırmaktan karşıya geçmiş. Aslan da peşinden gelmiş. Aslan çakalı ormanda uzun süre kovalamış, yetiştiği yerde vurmuş. Çakal güç bela canını kurtarmış. Bir daha onu oralarda gören olmamış.

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