Jungle Tales of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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else? Why was Tarzan different from Taug, and Taug
different from Bara, the deer, and Bara different from Sheeta, the
panther, and why was not Sheeta like Buto, the rhinoceros? Where and
how, anyway, did they all come from--the trees, the flowers, the
insects, the countless creatures of the jungle?

Quite unexpectedly an idea popped into Tarzan's head. In following out
the many ramifications of the dictionary definition of GOD he had come
upon the word CREATE--"to cause to come into existence; to form out of
nothing."

Tarzan almost had arrived at something tangible when a distant wail
startled him from his preoccupation into sensibility of the present and
the real. The wail came from the jungle at some little distance from
Tarzan's swaying couch. It was the wail of a tiny balu. Tarzan
recognized it at once as the voice of Gazan, Teeka's baby. They had
called it Gazan because its soft, baby hair had been unusually red, and
GAZAN in the language of the great apes, means red skin.

The wail was immediately followed by a real scream of terror from the
small lungs. Tarzan was electrified into instant action. Like an
arrow from a bow he shot through the trees in the direction of the
sound. Ahead of him he heard the savage snarling of an adult she-ape.
It was Teeka to the rescue. The danger must be very real. Tarzan
could tell that by the note of rage mingled with fear in the voice of
the she.

Running along bending limbs, swinging from one tree to another, the
ape-man raced through the middle terraces toward the sounds which now
had risen in volume to deafening proportions. From all directions the
apes of Kerchak were hurrying in response to the appeal in the tones of
the balu and its mother, and as they came, their roars reverberated
through the forest.

But Tarzan, swifter than his heavy fellows, distanced them all. It was
he who was first upon the scene. What he saw sent a cold chill through
his giant frame, for the enemy was the most hated and loathed of all
the jungle creatures.

Twined in a great tree was Histah, the snake--huge, ponderous,
slimy--and in the folds of its deadly embrace was Teeka's little balu,
Gazan. Nothing in the jungle inspired within the breast of Tarzan so
near a semblance to fear as did the hideous Histah. The apes, too,
loathed the terrifying reptile and feared him even more than they did
Sheeta, the panther, or Numa, the lion.

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