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Carniaval at the Zoo
...about Zebastian and Bernhard
by Asbjorn Lonvig, fairy tale writer and illustrator.
nickname is Prison-Horse.
He is a zebra.
He asked his friend Bernhard if he might have another nickname.
Even if it is nothing but a nickname he wants a new one.
The reason why he is called Prison-Horse is
that a little boy once could not remember the word Zebra.
He thought the black and white stripes looked like a prison suit, and
the zebra Prison-Horse.
A new nickname???
Bernhard thought carefully.
real name is Equus-Burchelli-Boehmi.
That's his Latin name.
All animals have a Latin name.
Equus-Burchelli-Boehmi is too long and it is hard to remember.
It doesn't work.
Do you know any names beginning with the letters
Zeb as in Zeb-ra, Bernhard asked?
Sure, Zebastian it is.
Bernhard was quit sure.
Zebastian is a wonderful name, and it is very easy - very easy - to
Bernhard was happy.
Let's have a Name Celebration!!
Let's dress up for a carnival!!
Bernhard cried enthusiastically.
Unfortunately the Zoo was closed.
They couldn't get any Carnival Clothes.
Bernhard knew that the Zoo-Keeper had a tool shed.
In this tool shed there were tools for anything.
Even things that a zoo-keeper never uses at all.
There were no Carnival Clothes, but there were
laughed - he just had
a great idea.
You know that Bernhard loves bananas.
You know that Bernhard loves climbing trees.
Did you know that he also loves to play tricks?
The great idea was to paint Carnival Clothes on all his friends
started with Zebastian and his girlfriend's father.
Bernhard has had lots of colours.
But never before turquoise!!
Zebastian's girlfriend's father is
Don't you think that Zebastian's and
Zajus-Christianus-Dico-Locus-Equus-Burchelli-Boehmi's Carnival Costumes
Then Bernhard painted Zebastian's girlfriend's mother,
and made her
turquoise with green hair and a green nose.
Her name is Zels-Mari-Dico-Locus-Equus-Burchelli-Boehmi.
Then Bernhard painted Zebastian's girlfriend, who was painted
He gave her green hair and a green nose, too.
Her name is Zizl-Dico-Locus-Equus-Burchelli-Boehmi.
He even planned to paint small portraits of himself on
the white stripes.
But it would of course take a while.
So he asked his friend Pig-Casso to help
paint the small portraits.
Pig-Casso loves to paint portraits.
Zebastian's girlfriend's mother and Zebastian's girlfriend were very
while Pig-Casso painted the 280 portraits.
Bernhard painted the Flamingo and her sisters
in nearly all the colours in the paint pots.
Then the Parrot and his family.
The Parrots were a little hungry - they wanted to have some bananas.
that the bananas were painted, too.
4 Penguin-Kids were very excited.
They had never worn Carnival Clothes before.
One was painted purple.
One was painted green.
One was painted brown, and
one was painted light grey.
Bernhard painted Tall-Charlie and his two sons in turquoise with brown
Tall-Charlie's two sons look exactly like Tall-Charlie.
They were six feet tall when they were born.
They grow four feet each year.
Not-So-Tall-Charlie was painted purple and he got brown spots, too.
Bernhard painted the Lion.
He is called Mr. Lion.
The tiger has stripes, but no two tigers in the world have the same
Exactly like the Zebra.
and Sam himself were at the Zoo.
They had a picnic at the Zoo that evening...
They were painted.
In the most adorable Carnival Clothes.
Don't you think Sam's shirt and shorts are cool?
all the animals were painted
everybody’s shoes were painted.
After portrait painting, Pig-Casso's favourite subject to paint is
On the shoes Pig-Casso painted Zebastian - it was his Name Celebration - and portraits of Bernhard.
the animals and shoes were painted
Bernhard and Pig-Casso painted clocks on each side of the Zoo-Gateway.
Bernhard and Pig-Casso painted Zebastian and
portraits of Bernhard on the clocks too.
Whatever is happening?
The Zoo-Keeper and the Zoo-Veterinarian asked.
You all seem to be wearing Carnival Clothes?
Yes. Sure, Bernhard said.
We are celebrating Zebastian's new nick-name Zebastian.
It is a Carnival Celebration.
The Zoo was closed and we had no Carnival Clothes.
I found some paint and brushes in The Zoo-Keeper's tool shed.
Oh, oh, how clever! the Zoo-Keeper and the Zoo-Veterinarian said.
If you shut your eyes I'll count to three,
Bernhard said to the Zoo-Keeper and the Zoo-Veterinarian.
Exciting, the Zoo-Keeper said.
Interesting, the Zoo-Veterinarian said.
Very quickly, the
Zoo-Keeper and the Zoo-Veterinarian were
by all the animals in the Zoo
and by Pig-Casso.
And Bernhard counted
Open your eyes!
Oh, oh, how clever! The Zoo-Keeper and the Zoo-Veterinarian said.
Now we can join your Name Celebration.
Zebastian's girlfriend's father Zajus-Christianus-Dico-Locus-Equus-Burchelli-Boehmi,
Zebastian's girlfriend's mother Zels-Mari-Dico-Locus-Equus-Burchelli-Boehmi,
Zebastian's girlfriend Zizl-Dico-Locus-Equus-Burchelli-Boehmi,
Bernhard's friend Pig-Casso,
The 280 small portraits of Bernhard, that Pig-Casso painted
on Zels-Mari's and Zizl's white stripes,
The Flamingo and her 2 sisters,