Hello friends. ‘Jungle in Jeopardy’ is a short extract from the novel “Kaziranga Trail” written by Arnup Kumar Dutta. I have rewritten it in a form of a skit which could be enjoyed by all. It is filled with humour. Enjoy.
SCENE: 1[crime spot]
Mc : Rhinoceros an animal which disturbs none, but has a dangerous enemy humans. In India kaziranga park in Assam being a habitat for rhinoceros is were poaching takes place frequently for their horns. Now we are going to present an extract from a famous novel written by Arup Kumar Dutta “The kaziranga Trials”. It is night time at kaziranga wildlife sanctuary. Every living creature is at peace, but not for long.
Poachers 1 : Ha, excellent sense of hearing and smell but couldn’t smell danger.
Poachers 2: Was tempted by the fruits. Don’t waste time.use the ropes. Pull!! It’s about 2,200 kg.
Poachers 3: Good it fell into the ditch. It would have been otherwise difficult. It can run up to 40km/hr and can swim as well.
Poachers 4: Get the doa! Get its horn it’s about 50 cm.
Poachers 5: It is sad that the Indian rhinoceros has a single horn.
SCENE 2: [forest and crime spot]
Shiva : You know how much I had to please mom for sending me today.
Its unusually quiet today dev.
Dev: Think we are heading for a storm what do you think binsu.
Binsu: Yes, so, dev will be our forecast master.Let us take the shorter route back. Poor daya is afraid of lighting . And also you shouldn’t have asked your mom today, MOTHERS KNOW THE BEST!!
Dev : Can you hear of an animal groaning? Sounds like its in pain.
Binsu and Shiva: Yeah, maybe we should take a look.
Binsu: Oh god !! a battered rhino fully grown one, about 2 meters tall and 4 meters long.
Shiva: Its horns are missing.
Dev : let’s form the authorities at once! The rhino needs medical help.
SCENE 4 [kedar’s office]
MC: They head to Mr Kedar’s office the district forest officer.
Kedar: Oh gods! The boys always filled with questions. How anxious. Anyways they are bond with nature.
Shiva: Uncle Kedar another rhino attacked by the poachers . It was a horrifying sight.
Kedar: They are attacked for their beautiful horns. Some use them to decorate their houses. Some foolish people even think it has medical properties.
MC: The officer sends some of his men to rescue the wounded rhino.
Kedar: Hi Daru another animal was poached last night, there have already been five rhino killings this year.
Daru: This is unfortunate but there is not much we can do. Rhino is an easy prey. They are solitary creatures and are active during the night.
Dev: Oh man! Are you crazy? We have got to stop the poachers.
Shiva: For once I agree with Dev. Uncle Kedar we must go back to the site and find more clues.
Binsu: Yes, in fact we remember seeing a footprint on a heap of rhino droppings. The right foot had a missing toe. I know it’s lame, but it is counted as a clue. I am pretty sure it might help.
Daru: Well! What were you kids doing there? Did you get permission? Toe missing! Your imagination has exceeded J.K.Rowling’s.
Kedar: These kids have always loved animals. I agree we should go to the spot.
Daru: It’s a shame. You are falling for their fancy tales. I don’t want to waste my time.
SCENE 4 [crime spot]
Binsu: Six banana leaves with remains of rice, fish and mustard curry – a favorite of our village’s people. The poachers are from here.
Shiva : Six holes on the ground this is where they must set the trap for poor rhino.
Dev: Look six earthen cups. There were six of them.
Kedar: Most people, even the educated ones throw biodegradable waste on the ground saying it will bind with the soil itself, they don’t realize how many years it will take to decompose and gives a dirty look to the are. Anyways a great work boys! I am appointing you as honorary game watchers. No one will stop you now.
SCENE 5 [bedroom]
Dev: Oh god ! what is this.
[reads the letter aloud]
Shiva : Unbelievable we all got the same message.
Binsu: There’s a mention about the missing toe. But nobody knows about it other than uncle Kedar and…
Together: DARU !!!
Shiva: ….That’s why he didn’t want us go searching for clues.
Dev: Let’s keep an eye on him.
Binsu: Ok we’ll meet near Daru’s house in ten min as super detectives. Come on children of Sherlock Holmes it’s time for action.
SCENE 6 [Daru’s house]
Binsu: Look he is leaving, keep a safe distance. Follow him, don’t let him spot us.
Dev: He is going inside a tourist lodge. Lets see who he meets here.
Shiva: We should try the window on the other side.
Bose: Not good enough, you have promised seven of these to China this month. You’ll get your money when you give me all together.
Daru: Look Mr.Bose, the security measures have been doubled. There are only about 2800 rhinos left in India. If you don’t pay me soon, I’ll sell them to someone else!
Bose: Well! I’ll complain your criminal activities to your boss.
Daru: Alright! I’ll call the meeting of the poachers tomorrow night in a deserted house in the jungle. We’ll plan another rhino poaching soon.
Dev: let’s go to uncle Kedar’s house and report this immediately.
Binsu: Uncle’s gone to Kolkata. Auntie would know when he is coming back.
SCene 8 [home]
Dev: Uncle would only return a day after. It’s hopeless. It will be too late when he comes back.we’ll have to find out what Daru is up to in our own now.
Shiva: let’s watch their meeting tomorrow night and learn their plans first.
SCENE 9[outside the meeting spot]
Binsu: Good thing we have informed auntie about this place
Shiva: We should enter separately so that we are at least not got together. I am slightly losing hope.
Bisnu: I guess this place is safe.!!! Oh no!!!
Shiva: hmm.. Ouch
[Binsu and Shiva are caught.]
Poach 1: We have two boys and the third one should also be around here.
Dev: Thanks for rescue!! Straight to auntie’s house. We have an emergency.
Aunty: What happened Dev where are the others?
Dev: They have got Binsu and Shiva.
Auntie: Kedar they have got Binsu and Shiva.
MC: She explains the situation
Kedar: Don’t worry, I’ll send my men. Just don’t panic.
SCENE 10 [Dev’s bedroom]
Dev: Binsu and Shiva! I am glad you both are safe! Oh my! What a nightmare was it! Have Bose and Daru being caught?
Binsu: Yes, thanks to your timid call and Auntie’s prompt action.
Shiva: You know how much I had to convince my mom, and make her understand the situation.
Binsu: Your mom loves you three thousand!!
Kedar: And kids bravery award has been announced for you three.
Shiva: You should totally tell that to my mother.
[Everyone in laughter]