The Bat - Not A Man
The Bat - Not A Man4 mins 24.9K 4 mins 24.9K
It was the annual meeting of all the animals in the jungle. They were all very tensed as the forests continued to shrink and more and more animals had to share the shrinking forest. It was like people living in the densely populated city of Mumbai. Something had to be done to stop humans, shouted a mouse. The cat looked at the mouse with saliva in its tongue but the rules of the meeting had to be adhered to so she had to control her desires. She simply nodded. He is right. The meeting was chaired by the old tiger Ruh who was once known as the King of the Jungle. However, due to the shrinking forest, he was now living a filthy life sharing his cave with two other tigers who once were his hunting partners and lost their caves at the hands of humans who built a highway. The meeting was convened by the old dog Tommy who had a soft corner for humans and always tried to find an amicable solution.
However the situation this time was too dire for him to take control of. His love for humans was well known across the world and the other animals knew very well that Tommy's fraternity will easily adopt living with humans. But Ruh was not in the mood for an amicable solution. He asked for suggestions to stop humans from causing further damage. The head pig suggested the spreading of another Spanish flu-like disease for which they are well known. They managed to eradicate 1% of the world population at that time. However, humans now had a vaccine for the disease so the idea was rejected. Ruh asked everyone to think over it and come back tomorrow morning with ideas.
The bats were watching this meeting from the trees. They were sad that they were not invited to the meeting due to the afternoon time as it was their sleeping time. However, what made them even more upset was the fact that they were not given any credit for the Spanish flu even though they played a significant role in it. They decided to participate in the next meeting. Ruh was surprised to see the bats awake in the morning. Is everything ok? he asked the head bat Afsa. Afsa looked at Ruh with tears in his eyes and said "I am very upset that you didn't invite me for the meeting. After all, this jungle is also for the bats and we like living with animals instead of humans." Ruh realized his mistake and apologized to Afsa. Ruh and Afsa shared a warm hug. The animals shouted "RuhAfsa" "RuhAfsa"
Afsa asked Ruh if he could give a presentation of how bats planned to lockdown humans in their house for months. The other animals laughed at him and reminded him that humans fear no animal, not even tigers and he was just a bat. Being cold-blooded, Afsa remained calm and didn't take this insult to heart. He reminded the animals that humans feared the idea of death more than death itself. And the bats will inject humans with an airborne virus which will create an epidemic around the world. The bats showed the gene of the virus to the most intelligent animal present at the meeting - the donkey. The donkey approved of the virus and the bats went on to find the first target. All they had to do was transmit the virus into one human and the virus will spread. They went to a wet market in China and started spitting on all the live animals being sold. One person wanted to buy prawns by first tasting one prawn. As he tasted the prawn, he got the virus. The bats celebrated with a chirp and flew off.
The animals now waited for the virus to spread. The birds would give weekly updates in the weekly meetings about the people on the streets. After one month, the hard work they had put in started to pay off. Countries started to announce lockdown and humans had to stay at home. By three months all the animals rejoiced and started to take to roads. It was the happiest time in their lives. The world had changed. It was as if there was a mask on the planet and all the humans had to remain inside the mask while all the animals roamed freely around the world. The sky was filled with just birds. The flights were shut. The roads were empty and cows could sit for a group discussion anywhere on the street. There was no honking or throwing stones on animals. Many animals left the forest to take a tour of the city and visit tourist attractions which were otherwise only open to humans. A monkey even took a selfie outside Gateway of India. Life had changed for all the animals and they were happier than ever. A human watched all this through a satellite and all he could do was break his laptop. Afsa had proved that it is the Bat in Batman which matters not the man!