Chapter 8: The First Batch of Visitors (2)
Zhao Bo utterly treasured the parrot that was on his shoulder. Every once in a while, he would look at it and touch it. The parrot was also very well-behaved, when Zhao Bo stroked itself, it would rub its head against his hand, making Zhao Bo super excited.
They left the bird shed and went to see the monkeys.
There were more than a dozen monkeys in the zoo, including two young monkeys. They were the most common macaques. They used to be overly thin but after eating the food provided by the system these days, their spirits were extremely good.
They were also considered to be the old friends of the students. There were many students who had specially picked corn, apples and the likes from their homes and were ready to come and feed them.
“Don’t-don’t feed!” Duan Jiaze was not prepared and saw the children throwing the food into the cracks of the fence. He didn’t manage to stop them even if he wanted to.
He was also just beginning to learn about animal keeping. He knew that it was not a good idea to let the tourists feed the animals when the animals had their own fixed feed every day.
However, after the monkeys received the feeds, they did not eat them as usually did. After all, their daily feed were not any ordinary quality that even the director of the zoo could not afford to eat it. For a short while, they scratched their heads and swayed their tails. Following the instructions of the zoo’s director, they actually threw out the food.
There were no doubts this happened by chance, the food were all thrown at the direction of Duan Jiaze as if they understood he was the master.
Teacher Zhao looked and even said, “These monkeys are really smart!”
In Teacher Zhao’s view, the birds and lions were so well trained by Lingyou Zoo. Monkeys were naturally smarter, so there was nothing surprising for them to be able to do so.
However, Duan Jiaze sweated, only he knew that he had not tamed any animal in the zoo. Ever since he had replaced the food to the animal feed provided by the system, the animals in the zoo were not only mentally and physically better, but their IQ seemed to have improved a little.
Of course, the IQ of those birds had not improved to the point that they were able to do the previous actions from before, they still needed Luya, that old bird to command.
But with the monkeys’ current actions, it was like he had trained them. Duan Jiaze fed them quite frequently and maybe because of this, they understood Duan Jiaze’s status.
In view of what Luya said regarding the food, the feed absorbed more spiritual air as compared to the human world, therefore it was not a surprise that the animals’ IQ increased after consuming them. Moreover, Duan Jiaze had asked before, while these could make them more intelligent, it was impossible for them to become demons, at least not within the review cycle.
The students of Tongxin Primary School enjoyed themselves to their heart’s content more than any other times. These monkeys compared to before had much more interactions, not only did they thrown away the food, but they also imitated the students’ movements.
One student flipped upside down and the monkeys also learned and stood upside down, but their movements were much agile.
Under such an atmosphere, Teacher Zhao and Teacher Yan started a science lesson, and the effect was much better.
Someone like Zhao Bo who was a mischievous king, never once paid attention to the explanations during extracurricular activities. But this time he listened with keen interest and frequently asked questions. Compared with the surrounding children, he seemed to be more like a student of Tongxin Primary School.
After watching the monkeys, they went to see the Sika Deers.
The process was not that boring. After all, everyone had a unique “bird companion”, which could satisfy their infinite fantasy allowed them to open their small theatre.
The two pupils who were fortunate enough to be accompanied by two peacocks were even more proud. They regarded their escorts as the largest size and the shape as the most eye-catching. Although they couldn’t rest on their shoulders, wherever they went, the peacocks would follow; they were super obedient.
Zhang Shun saw them and was exceedingly envious. He came out with an idea, he held the zebra finch on his shoulder and ran forward. “Come on, come and chase me!”
The zebra finch flew two laps in the air, and it really stared at Zhang Shun, with a dive, it once again landed on Zhang Shun’s head.
Zhang Shun saw that it really recognized himself and he was so happy. His actions also reminded the other students that they could play various games without hurting the birds.
Of course, even if they want to hurt them, it would be hard. After all, in all aspect, their standards had improved, the birds were all nimble in the first place, and they were even more acute now. What’s more, this old ancestor, Luya was here.
As they arrived at the Sika Deer’s residence, not waiting for Duan Jiaze to say anything, Xiao Su was very quick-witted to remind the children not to feed the Sika Deers with what they brought here.
There were two Sika Deers in the garden. They were a pair of mother and daughter. It was unknown if the father was dead or not.
As a girl, Xiao Su liked these adorable animals. She also fed the Sika deers before. She went up and passed her hands through the fence, picking up the forage to call the Sika Deers over.
The little deer stamped over and stretched its neck to eat the fodder in Xiao Su’s hands. Xiao Su touched its head again but it did not resist. It looked with a pair of big watery eyes, the brown fur on its body looked soft and glossy.
Many children tugged at Teacher Zhao, expressing that they also want to feed the deers.
Teacher Zhao checked with Duan Jiaze. After receiving a positive reply, he picked two students and asked them to follow Xiao Su to feed the Sika Deers.
After half a day, they had completed touring the small zoo, and the two teachers together with the dozens of students came and said goodbye.
Teacher Zhao held the hands of Duan Jiaze, and couldn’t help thanking him. He also expressed that today was an eye-opener, saying that the animals here were all so smart and well-trained. He would definitely come back in the future.
When they brought the children out for extracurricular activities and after they returned, he would inform they about writing a reflective essay. Last time, the children would lament, but right now they were all in high spirits. They couldn’t wait to immediately start penning down their journey. This was all because they truly enjoyed themselves in Lingyou.
“I will be indebted to your promise.” Duan Jiaze gently patted Luya Dàyé who was on his shoulders.
Luya fluttered his wings and soared. The birds on the shoulders of the children also took off. They left together and went to the bird shed. The children made sounds of disappointment as they stared at the birds’ shadows.
“Big Flower!” Zhang Shun called out his name for the zebra finch, he was extremely reluctant to part.
“It’s alright,” Zhao Bo embraced his shoulder. “Next time I will ask my parents to bring me back, I will call you along, let’s come back to see them again!”
“Okay.” Zhang Shun nodded hard, then waved, “Goodbye, Big Flower!”
The children one by one said goodbye to the birds.
Looking at this scene of the children and animals saying goodbye, Teacher Zhao was quite moved. He wanted to say something to remind everyone to love and care for the animals. “Students——!”
Not waiting for Teacher Zhao’s overflowing emotions, under the birds that were flying off were the two peacocks sprinting and fluttering the wings from time to time. However, they were like the chickens kept in home, they could not fly any higher before falling.
The pupils laughed loudly, and Teacher Zhao’s bowl of chicken soup1 was choked back, and he awkwardly said goodbye to Duan Jiaze.
It’s really a fly in the ointment2… Duan Jiaze thought, if he knew, he would have arranged a beautiful exit method.
Saying farewell to the students, Duan Jiaze saw Xiao Su buried her head and using her phone. He patted her. “Xiao Su, let’s go have lunch.”
“Hey,” Xiao Su looked up, her face was full of smiles, and handed the phone, “Yuánzhǎng, look.”
Duan Jiaze took a look, it turned out that Xiao Su actually captured the scene just now. The camera was initially directed at the children. The birds on their shoulders took off, and the camera also moved along, taking the birds flying in the air, and the children’s farewell sounds came from outside the scene.
…Immediately, the two peacocks appeared in the scene very abruptly, carrying their heavy tail as they chase after the birds, and from time to time, flopping…
This little video was published out for not more than a minute or two, it had already gotten a lot of likes and comments. All of them were laughing, they even asked Xiao Su where this place was, how were the birds so obedient, and the peacocks were very funny.
Duan Jiaze took a look at it again and almost laughed. “Why did you record it?”
“This can be considered our first group of tourists, I want to record it, I didn’t expect to encounter such a funny thing.” Xiao Su turned over the photo album, and she also took photos of the children during the tour. “I plan to advertise this in my friends’ circle3, hehe.”
“Good job!” Duan Jiaze exaggeratedly praised. “I also planned to spend some money after we open to find some local media to do some promotions. Take more pictures, we can use that as materials.”
After sending away the tourists, Duan Jiaze quickly went to the bird shed. Before he got there, he heard intensive and fierce screaming from the birds and it scared him. Was Luya was not feeling good, so he beat up the birds?
As he walked nearer, he realized that the birds in the zoo were chasing a group of wild sparrows. The batter was in full swing as the two sides flew up and down in the air.
The location here was at the back of Cape Mountain, there were many sparrows, but the well water does not intrude into the river water4, it was not known as to how this battle started.
At present, the number of birds in the Lingyou was not as many as the other side, but the combat power was also not weak. Even the chubby zebra finch could pull the sparrow’s feathers off.
Luya had already changed back to his human form and was standing at the side watching this battle.
Duan Jiaze humbly asked for advice: “Dàgē5, what is this?”
Luya: “Do you know what are these?”
What? Weren’t they sparrows?
Duan Jiaze was shocked. “Are they… Sparrow demon?”
“What are you thinking about?” Luya looked at Duan Jiaze with contempt, “They are thieves! When you left, you were careless and didn’t close the cages. These wild birds came to steal our food.”
Duan Jiaze: “…”
Duan Jiaze was sweating profusing. “Just show your power, these sparrows will be scared to death.” Would they still need to stare at this bitter battle?
Luya was angry. “You dare to let Běnzūn chase sparrows for you?!”
“??” Duan Jiaze said, “Your logic is too strong.”
However, Luya ‘s words reminded him and he went to get a cleaning broom to drive the sparrows away. The birds that fought then returned with arrogance and he thought that they were exactly the same as Luya.