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    The Child’s Elephant – Rachel Campbell-Johnston

    “The sound of the rifle shot rang through the air. For a few moments it seemed as if the whole world had stopped. The cicadas fell silent, a bush rat dived for its burrow, the cattle paused in their chewing and looked upwards with wide empty stares; and Bat, the lone herd-boy who up till then had been dreaming, swishing at bushes with a long whippy branch, let the switch fall and dropped suddenly down on his haunches. His head was quite hidden by the tall, yellow grass.” In the African savannah heat Bat witnesses poachers at work, they shoot and kill a magnificent elephant and then take its tusks…