Jungle Tales of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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to attack with their heavy elephant spears;
but as they came, Tantor swung Tarzan to his broad head, and, wheeling,
lumbered off into the jungle through the great rent he had made in the
palisade.

Elephant hunters may be right when they aver that this animal would not
have rendered such service to a man, but to Tantor, Tarzan was not a
man--he was but a fellow jungle beast.

And so it was that Tantor, the elephant, discharged an obligation to
Tarzan of the Apes, cementing even more closely the friendship that had
existed between them since Tarzan as a little, brown boy rode upon
Tantor's huge back through the moonlit jungle beneath the equatorial
stars.




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The Fight for the Balu

TEEKA HAD BECOME a mother. Tarzan of the Apes was intensely
interested, much more so, in fact, than Taug, the father. Tarzan was
very fond of Teeka. Even the cares of prospective motherhood had not
entirely quenched the fires of carefree youth, and Teeka had remained a
good-natured playmate even at an age when other shes of the tribe of
Kerchak had assumed the sullen dignity of maturity. She yet retained
her childish delight in the primitive games of tag and hide-and-go-seek
which Tarzan's fertile man-mind had evolved.

To play tag through the tree tops is an exciting and inspiring pastime.
Tarzan delighted in it, but the bulls of his childhood had long since
abandoned such childish practices. Teeka, though, had been keen for it
always until shortly before the baby came; but with the advent of her
first-born, even Teeka changed.

The evidence of the change surprised and hurt Tarzan immeasurably. One
morning he saw Teeka squatted upon a low branch hugging something very
close to her hairy breast--a wee something which squirmed and wriggled.
Tarzan approached filled with the curiosity which is common to all
creatures endowed with brains which have progressed beyond the
microscopic stage.

Teeka rolled her eyes in his direction and strained the squirming mite
still closer to her. Tarzan came nearer. Teeka drew away and bared
her fangs. Tarzan was nonplussed. In all his experiences with Teeka,
never before had she bared fangs at him other than in play; but today
she did not look playful. Tarzan ran his brown fingers through his
thick, black hair,

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