By Dick Houston

Fans of actual puppy tales, Jack Russell terriers, and African flora and fauna probably want to try out Bulu!

Born on a crocodile farm in Zambia's untamed South Luangwa Valley, the dog appeared diverse from his littermates. Too quiet. Unresponsive. Terriers are typically choked with strength and bouncing off partitions. yet now not this one. no one sought after him. input Anna and Steve Tolan--former cops who had left at the back of their lifestyles in England to stay within the African bush. humans inspiration the Tolans have been a section diverse, too. The bizarre dog suitable them completely. They named him Bulu, or "wild puppy" within the neighborhood Nyanja language.

Living within the bush, Bulu not just came across his voice, he additionally came across his calling as a foster dad or mum to the orphaned child animals--including warthogs, monkeys, elephants, baboons, bushbucks, and buffalo--cared for via the Tolans. yet Bulu's protecting nature led him into terrifying events within the wild. it is a miracle he survived! yet continue to exist he did,...

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Anna thought for a moment. ” She sat back in her canvas chair, folded her arms, and narrowed her eyes at Mitch. ” Mitch shrugged. “Look, if you get the dog, you must know this. Owning one will bring you nothing but heartache. Sooner or later he will get bitten by a tsetse fly and be infected with the trypanosome parasite. It causes sleeping sickness. Most wild animals are immune. ” He reached for the teapot. “And keep your eye on him. After all, he’s part terrier. ” Like a drunken rhino, the Land Rover swayed between holes and ruts on the muddy road.

For the first time that evening, there was a glint of a smile in Chief Kakumbi’s eyes. He reached over and touched the little white dog. ” The dry season had crept into the valley. Month after month, scorching winds nearly suffocated all life from Luangwa. Temperatures soared over a hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Wild animals were gathered in great numbers around shrinking water holes. Grasses were reduced to stubble. The apple-green leaves of the woodlands had shriveled to dark reds and browns.

A bit tuckered out, huh? ” Steve thought back to how a few months ago, Bulu had tried to chase some village chickens but ended up being chased by a rooster. From then on, Bulu gave all roosters respect—and he stopped chasing chickens. That misadventure now gave Steve an idea. What if he and Anna took Bulu on a safari far into the bush? Maybe Bulu could learn to respect wild animals the way he’d learned to respect chickens? Steve sat on the embankment and took a long, hard look at Bulu. “It’s time you start learning a few survival skills, big guy.

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