time, a long time ago, in the beginning when all the animals were
in charge of everything, they decided they were going to have a
big ball game on a certain day. The various animals and birds all
gathered up out in a big field. It was going to be all the land
animals against all the birds of the air. Some of the reptiles were
to be the judges--but that's another story about a broken nose!
The two teams got their leaders chosen, got their balls and were
fixing to play. As you surely know, the bat often sleeps during
most of the day. Well, the little groggy bat woke up from all the
commotion and came on out; he wanted to play, too.
animals said, "You can't play on our team because you fly,
you have to play with the birds." The birds said, "Oh
no, you can't play on our team because you don't have feathers,
you have fur, you have hair just like the animals." The poor
bat-- she wanted to play very badly. Finally, the animals relented
and said well, you can play on out team but don't get hurt, you're
so small you can't do much anyway, just stay out of the way but
we'll let you play on our team. Of course the birds were happy about
this, they were a smug lot at times.
the game got started and even though the animals could run very
swiftly, and jump very high, the birds kept taking the ball and
scoring. And they scored and they scored. Among the birds, the Crane
was the most graceful and the strongest flyer. But, the crane is
kind of slow you know and the birds would get the ball and the Crane
would take it and he would fly to the goal and score. The animals
were just loosing very badly. Well finally, the little Bat just
jumped up and flew into action. Now as you know, the Bat is very
swift and can turn very quickly--can turn on a dime and give eight
cents change back. Soon, the Bat had taken the ball away, gone swiftly
to the goal and scored. And then the Bat took the ball away again
and scored--the Bat repeated this feat over and over. The Bat won
the ball game for all the animals.
the birds were very sorry that they didn't let the bat play on their
team and immediately set out the claim the bat as one of their own
because it could fly. The animals of course were very happy and
claimed the Bat because of its fur. Seemed to be a tie of wills
going on. Well, the rat (who) took council among them all, finally
and wisely made this little announcement, "even though you
can fly like a bird, you have fur--hair like us.....and even though
you can fly like a bird you have skin like animals, you cannot be
part of both." Just then, the birds said--the Bat is one of
us. No, No, all the animals shout, Bat must be one of us. The rat
continued after the interruptions. "Well, the bat also has
teeth like the animals." The animals took note of this observation
by the rat said yes, you have teeth like the animals.
so it was agreed on that day that the Bat would always be counted
as one of the animals. And now you know how the Creeks classify
the Bat. The Bat is an animal because it has teeth.