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The little owls were hungry. Daddy owl could not find enough food because of a terrible drought. “I will help you”, said the man with the magic tongs. He climbed the tall ladder that went up to the owl box. Mommy and daddy owl did not know what was happening. They swooped at the man with the magic tongs and tried to scare him away. But the man with the magic tongs was not scared. He opened the door to the owl box. He reached in with his magic tongs and placed the mice where mommy owl could find them and feed the little ones. He said, “here are some delicious mice for you little owls.” The little owls were scared. They had not seen the man with the magic tongs before. The little owls were glad when the man with the magic tongs was gone. When mommy owl returned, she found the mice and fed her babies and herself. The little owls and Mommy owl were very happy and very well fed.
One day, mommy owl left the little owls alone. The little owls were wondering where their mommy was and who would feed them. That night, the man with the magic tongs put mice in the owl box for the little ones to eat. They realized they could eat the mice all by themselves. They were very happy but still missed their mommy and daddy. Later that night, mommy and daddy owl came into the box. They helped themselves to some mice that the man with the magic tongs had left. All the owls were very happy and their tummies were very full.
The Man with the Magic Tongs
By Owlcamguy and Angowleyez
As the owls grew older, they got accustomed to the man with the magic tongs. He fed them almost every night. Mommy and daddy owl came by less often because the little owls were not so little anymore. It was just about time for the little owls to learn to fly. One night, the oldest of the little owls decided to go outside the box and explore. She stepped out and flapped her wings. The other owls watched very intently. She flew to the tree next to the box and the other owls all piled out of the box to see. They all decided to join her in the tree.
The youngest owl could not fly as well as the others. He fell to the ground below the tree. Fortunately for him, the man with the magic tongs was watching. The man with the magic tongs scooped up the little owl in his hands and said, “don’t worry little one. I will help you.” The man with the magic tongs climbed the tall ladder with the little owl in his hand and placed him way up high in the tree with his brothers and sisters.
The little owls stayed in the box for a few more nights but eventually found places of their own to roost. The man with the magic tongs continued to leave food for the little ones every night. The little owls returned to eat and play around the box until one night they did not return. The man with the magic tongs was sad. He knew the little ones were safe and had moved on to start families of their own but he was still sad because he would not see them anymore.
One day, the man with the magic tongs looked inside the owl box. Much to his surprise, there were eggs inside. He knew that there would soon be little owls hatching and he could use his magic tongs to feed them once again. The man with the magic tongs was very happy.
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