How Shenzi and Banzai Met
Shenzi hated Humans. She hated Humans even more than she hated Lions.
partly because at least Lions kept themselves to themselves,
but Humans went about using up everything until it was all
partly because they hunted all the best meat for themselves. But she
hated Humans most of all because she
was currently stuck in a trap made
by Humans just a few hundred yards from a Human village. One of those
with teeth that we call 'fox traps'. It was wrapped around
one of her hind legs, and the teeth were digging right down
bone. She was sure that her leg wasn't supposed to bend that way. As
well as that, a muscle or five had been
torn by the feel of the fire in
her leg, Although the bone hadn't broken through the skin, it was still
break. And what made it worse (if it could possibly get any
worse), was that she'd been stuck in it for two days, and
starving. It seemed that whoever had set the trap had forgotten about
it entirely, and instead of dying a
slow, painful death by being ripped
apart by the Humans' dogs, she was instead going to die an even slower,
painful death by either dehydration, starvation or blood
Shenzi was a young Rouge Hyena, wandering on her
own. She had left her
own pack in the far south-east when they had all been killed by Humans
who had wanted the land
for their own. Shenzi hadn't waited around to
suffer the same fate, and had been heading north-west ever since,
for a pack that would accept her.
Suddenly, a Jackal passed her by on his way to the village, probably to
some chickens for his dinner, like she had been, "Help me!" Shenzi
cried to him.
"Thanks for setting the trap
off for me," said the Jackal, sneering.
Then he went off in the direction of the village. Just as Shenzi was
this particular Jackal to the already considerable list of
animals she hated, she heard a scream as he walked straight
another metal trap she hadn't set off. She smiled grimly. There was a
god, after all.
It started to rain.
A small puddle started to form by Shenzi's fore-
paws, and she lapped some water from it. She turned to look at the
trap again. She had torn at the leg it held with her teeth, tried
pulling it open with her paws, and even tried hitting
it against the
nearby rock that now had a lot of marks down it where she had dug her
claws in and scraped them
down the rock. Nothing seemed to help, but at
least the pain was now busy being just unbearable, instead of the
shock when the trap had first closed. She looked at it again.
She might as well give up hoping now; who would help a hyena?
if they would, how could they? She curled up in a little ball and
looked around him. He was a Pack Hyena. He was, however, hunting
on his own tonight. He was planning to break into the
Human village to
steal a few chickens when he heard a noise to the left of him. It
sounded a little like someone trying
to cry quietly. Padding over, he
saw a female Hyena, curled up in a ball. She didn't smell like a member
of his pack.
Almost instantly he could smell the blood, and saw the
cruel trap wound around her hind leg. Both were covered in blood,
the leg was almost certainly broken.
"Well," he thought to himself, "Now I know these Humans use metal
He was about to turn and leave the strange Hyena and try
another, safer village, when he realised what a twat he was.
her face - she was too busy crying to take any notice of him - he could
see the pain and misery ingrained
into her face. In normal
circumstances, she was probably stunningly beautiful. In normal
circumstances, however, her
hind leg was unlikely to be caught in a
metal trap. "What sort of people would we be if we didn't help
occasion?" he thought.
"Er..." Shenzi heard a male voice. The owner of the voice tapped Shenzi
on the shoulder. She uncurled and looked up into a rather
concerned male Hyena's face, "This might seem kind of like a
question, but do you need any help to get out of that trap?"
He was incredibly handsome (for a hyena),
with bushy eyebrows, sleek
fur and a great body. But right now, Shenzi would have accepted help
from a Hunting Dog.
Being stuck in a metal trap for more than 48 hours
changed one's outlook on things, "What do you think, male? Do I look
if I'm in here for the fun of it?" Shenzi would have liked to tack a
smart comment on the end of the question,
but it's never wise to insult
the first person who's offered to help you in two days.
"How long have you been
in that thing?"
"More than 48 hours. The Humans must have forgotten this trap. I know I
padded over to the trap and inspected it, "What's your name,
"My name's Shenzi. I'm a Rouge Hyena from
the far south-east," Shenzi
winced as her leg gave another shock of pain, "I left when my pack was
all killed by Humans.
What's your name?"
"I'm Banzai. I live north-west of here in a pack." Banzai tugged at the
trap a little. Shenzi
squealed as it tore at her leg some more and
kicked out at Banzai with her good leg. He jumped back and the blow
missed his face, "Hey! I'm trying to help you here!"
"You don't have to pull my paw off to do it!"
was amazed to see tears in Shenzi's eyes. The trap must be
really hurting her, "Here let me try this..." He straightened
as best he could, then grabbed the jaws of the trap and tried to pull
them apart with raw strength. But each
time he relaxed his grip, the
trap tightened some more. He sighed, "I'm not strong enough on my own
to open it. Sorry,
uh, Shenzi." He turned away. Shenzi looked at the
trap, and in sheer frustration started to tear at it with her teeth.
Banzai turned around again, "Hey, don't do that!" he called out.
"Shut up!" she screamed, "Just shut up! Go get
your own leg caught in a
metal trap, and you'll do anything to get it out too!"
Banzai looked at Shenzi for a
moment. Then he made his decision and
jumped over to the trap again. He sighed, "I must be crazy. Okay, when
'now', take your leg out of the trap," he said. Then he started
to pull it open with all his strength. Shenzi screamed
as she felt the
teeth slowly start to open, "Now!" he barked. Shenzi managed to jerk
her leg out of the trap just
before it snapped closed again. Then she
slumped to the ground, beginning to cry from the sheer exaustion and
she felt. Finally, she turned to Banzai again.
"Th - thank you." Shenzi tried to stand, then slumped back to the
again. Banzai looked at the hind leg that had been caught in the
trap. It had been mangled. Shenzi whimpered quietly as
almost as if even that was hurting it, "N - no, I can manage." She
started to try and straighten the broken
leg by herself, unsucessfully.
"No, you can't do it on your own," Banzai took the leg in his own two
gently straightened it so that when it healed, at least it
would not leave Shenzi crippled, "Here, lean on me. I'll take
our pack." Shenzi stood again, and Banzai supported her as she
As the pair staggered away,
Shenzi leaning on Banzai, Banzai supporting
Shenzi, neither had the least idea what that night would lead to...
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