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Once upon a time there was a very lazy cormorant that lived on a big lake in a large city. It often couldn’t be bothered looking for food and on this particular day it hadn’t eaten anything for a few days so its tummy was rumbling. It looked around the lake to see what might make the most delicious lunch for the least amount of effort.

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Just at that very moment a huge eel came slithering past and the cormorant thought, ‘Aha! What a tasty lunch that would be, and that eel is so big I wouldn’t have to eat again for several days.’ The cormorant grabbed the eel with its long strong beak and opened its mouth as wide as it possibly could – and, if you’ve ever seen a cormorant open its mouth, you’ll know that’s pretty wide!

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Down, down, down its throat slithered the eel.

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But the cormorant’s tummy wasn’t big enough to fit such an enormous meal and, of course, the eel didn’t want to die. It had a lot more lake-slithering to do. So, it wiggled and wriggled and slid back out of the cormorant’s mouth.

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Of course, the cormorant didn’t want to let such a lovely big lunch get away, so it tried again. Gulp, gulp, gulp, down went the eel. Wiggle, wriggle, wiggle, out slid the eel.

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It was a mighty struggle between two very determined opponents and it went on for at least half an hour but, eventually, because the comorant was so lazy and hadn’t eaten for a few days, it ran out of energy. Off swam the eel, relieved and happy to have escaped the cormorant’s lunch menu!

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