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The Giraffe and the Oxpecker
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Publication Information
Publication

The Lion King: A Nature Fun and Learn Series

Issue

3

Collection

Rafiki Remembers

Published

1995 – 1997

Pages

2

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The day Simba returned to Pride Rock, a bushfire swept through the kingdom. The danger that faced the young lion was made worse by the flames that leaped about him. Fires threaten all animals in the bush – here's a story about one.
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The Giraffe and the Oxpecker is a story from the Rafiki Remembers magazine collection. It was published in the 1990s as part of The Lion King: A Nature Fun and Learn Series.

Synopsis

A bushfire sweeps through the savanna, and the children of the oxpeckers are trapped in its path. Unable to move their nest of children, the oxpeckers cry out to the fleeing animals for help, but none stop to help the panicked birds.

Finally, a giraffe stops and wonders how she would feel if her own child were in danger. Understanding the oxpeckers' distress, she lifts their nest out of the tree and carries it to safety. Once out of the way of the fire, the oxpeckers thank her profusely and ask what they can do to repay the debt. Giraffe admits that she is constantly bothered by ticks, and the oxpeckers agree to help her with her problem. To this day, oxpeckers help giraffes with their ticks.

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