By Gertrude Chandler Warner

While anyone steals animals from the zoo, the kids set a capture utilizing a stunning yet harmful poison-arrow frog.

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The door to the hallway opened, and an older guy in a gloomy go well with walked in. He used to be a wide, enforcing determine, with rigorously trimmed silver hair, deeply tanned dermis, and a glittering gold watch. “Jordan, my friend,” he stated in a deep voice, “how are you this present day? ” “Fine, Darren, and also you? ” “Fine, simply tremendous, thank you. ” “Kids,” Jordan stated to the Aldens, “this is Mr. Colby, the opposite proprietor of the zoo. He’s my accomplice. ” The Aldens acknowledged well mannered hellos. “Hello, young ones. Are you having a great time on the zoo? ” “I am,” Benny acknowledged. “I went to the Reptile diversity this morning and picked out a fav —” “That’s nice, simply great,” Mr. Colby acknowledged. “And how are you this day, Linda? ” Lindsey wear a bit smile and nodded. “Fine, Mr. Colby. ” “Good for you. Uh, Jordan, may well i've got a note with you within the hallway, please? ” “Hmmm? Oh, yes. Excuse me for a second, everybody. ” the 2 males stepped out of the room, last the door lots of the method at the back of them. “He known as you Linda! ” Jessie acknowledged to Lindsey in a whisper. “At least it begins with an L now. final month i used to be Nancy. ” “You paintings for him and he doesn’t even understand your identify? ” “He not often is familiar with a person round right here. He doesn’t spend loads of time on the zoo. ” “That’s strange,” Jessie stated. “Not as unusual as you may think,” Lindsey responded. “Anyway I talked to the top mammal keeper this morning once you men have been jogging round. She spotted an analogous factor that you just did, Violet, concerning the lacking bag of foodstuff being the incorrect sort. She’s very disenchanted, like everybody else. ” “Does the mammal keeper suspect an individual? ” Henry requested. “Well, she hasn't ever gotten in addition to Beth, the intern you met earlier than. She thinks possibly Beth likes the ferrets an excessive amount of. ” “Enough to thieve them? ” “I quite don’t imagine so, yet i assume we can’t rule her out as a suspect. She can have felt—mistakenly—that the ferrets may recuperate care along with her. She’s acquired every kind of surprising pets—lizards, enormous bugs, even a monkey. ” Benny wandered over to the place the damaged cage lock was once nonetheless mendacity at the lengthy desk. He picked it up and began fiddling with it, then he appeared into the empty ferret cage. He considered the ferrets, the place they have been and whether or not they have been doing ok. He questioned what sort of someone might thieve animals from a zoo. unexpectedly he heard an offended voice during the crack within the door. It was once Darren Colby, status with Jordan Patterson within the hallway. “I don’t care what it takes! ” Mr. Colby acknowledged sharply “I wish these animals came upon and taken again the following! ” “I understand you do, Darren,” Jordan used to be announcing. “So do I. ” “Those animals have been dear! ” Benny didn’t like that the ferrets have been being observed that means. It used to be as though Mr. Colby considered them as anything he’d acquired on the grocery store. “Okay, Darren, take it easy,” Jordan was once announcing in a relaxed, soothing voice. “We’ll locate them and every little thing can be tremendous. ” “I don’t are looking to need to lease a safety guard,” Mr. Colby acknowledged. “That’s simply extra money down the drain! yet I’ll do it if i need to. And if to any extent further animals disappear ...

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