Myths and Legends

Myths and Legends website published by E2BN
HomeAbout this website
Create your ownTeachers
Please help us keep Myths and Legends Working. We need your help. This free website urgently needs updating so it will continue to work... we are crowdfunding to raise money for the update. Please support Myths...

How Giraffes Got Long Necks

Ulsan, Korea

How Giraffes Got Long Necks
  • How Giraffes Got Long Necks

A Long time ago, in a continent called Africa, giraffes had very short necks, about an inch shorter than any normal human’s neck to be precise. All the giraffes thought this was normal-and it was at that time…But here is the story about how giraffes got long necks…

It was a hot summer’s day and all the giraffe families came together to have a picnic. All the little giraffes were playing games and the mothers and fathers were talking. Tim, a little giraffe was playing with 2 of his cousins Tina and Margaret. They were playing with a ball and passing it by bouncing it on their heads.

There was one naughty little giraffe though. His name was Alvin. He really liked to get Tim and other little giraffes into trouble. Tim, Margaret and Tina were all getting very thirsty and tired so they decided to have a rest for a while. Alvin saw that they were not playing anymore so he decided to do something naughty to them. Tim, Margaret and Tina were all talking so they didn’t notice what Alvin was doing.

Suddenly, Alvin came out of nowhere and said “Nah nah you don’t have a ball!”
“What do you mean?” Tina said. Alvin pointed to a nearby tree and the ball was stuck between 2 very high branches. “Oh no!” Tim cried. Then, Tim had an idea.
“How about you carry me so I can get the ball?” He said to Tina. “Ok” she replied.
Margaret just stood and watched. The ball was still too high even when Tina carried Tim. Then Tim called Margaret to come and help.

The next thing you know, Tina was carrying Margaret and Margaret was carrying Tim. It was the funniest sight ever! Finally, Tim could reach the ball-but then Tina lost her balance and fell over. So did Margaret. The only little giraffe that didn’t fall was Tim. This was because his neck got stuck between the 2 branches that the ball was stuck in. Luckily, the ball fell off the tree, but Tim was stuck! ”Ouch!”
Tim thought. Tina and Margaret went to get some help.

All the giraffes were gathered around that tree. Every single giraffe was pulling on one of Tim’s legs. Poor Tim was being pulled so much! The whole family of giraffes were pulling and pulling and pulling! While they were pulling, something very odd was happening. Tim’s neck was getting longer and longer and longer. Finally, after a few hours of pulling, Tim’s head slipped through the branches.
All of the giraffes looked at his odd looking neck.

Tim’s neck was very handy though. He could eat leaves off of a tree without jumping for them and he loved the view of Africa from up there. All the giraffes saw how Tim’s neck came in handy so all of them one after another took turns to go up that tree, get their heads stuck in those branches, and get all the giraffes to pull them. Soon enough, all the giraffes had longer necks than ever.

That is why nowadays you always see giraffes with long necks. That is the story of giraffes and how they got long necks.

Rate this Story
Give this story 5 starsGive this story 5 starsGive this story 5 starsGive this story 5 starsGive this story 5 stars
Give this story 4 starsGive this story 4 starsGive this story 4 starsGive this story 4 stars
Give this story 3 starsGive this story 3 starsGive this story 3 stars
Give this story 2 starsGive this story 2 stars
Give this story 1 star
1679 people have rated this story so far:
Overall Score: 4/5
Rated by 1679 peopleRated by 1679 peopleRated by 1679 peopleRated by 1679 people

Showcase story administrator comments

A well thought out example of a story explaining "How...." like Rudyard Kipling's 'Just So' stories. The storyline is simple and clear. It is well told, with good use of words and also repetition at key places.

Your comments

Add your commentsThere are 13 comments for this story.

Latest comments:
I have been waiting on this for the day to see my family members of our family who had been on my own of the list hospital said and was able for the next couple of years but the family of two children were not found by the family of a pope who had been the father of the pope and the family of family who was the first to be the father
27th April 2018
This story was funny and very creative! 22nd April 2018
I love this 21st March 2018
View all 13 comments, or Add a comment


Please be polite, this is an educational site and we will not publish bad language. We don't mind you saying you don't like something, but please explain why, and please do not be rude.

Thank you. The Myths and Legends Team.

Fields marked in Bold Red with a * are required fields.

All comments are displayed anonymously

Comments:
*


Security Code (from the box above):


Top of this page Copyright © E2BN 2006 | Contact Us | Accessibility | T&C
Create your own Myths and Legends
E2B® and E2BN® are registered trade marks and trading names of East of England Broadband Network (Company Registration No. 04649057)