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Why cats chase rats

The Chinese Zodiac
Story
By. Zehan
Hawa

.A Long times ago the Jade Emperor invited the entire animal kingdom to partake in a tremendous race! The first 12 animals able to cross the river. would be assigned to a year of the Chinese zodiac system in order of appearance and have a year named after them.

All the animals were very excited and the news spread rapidly. On the day of the race all the animals gathered at the bank of the river .

the kind of friends that spends almost every waking hour together. Both were very excited about the news of the great race and immediately started to make plans to cross the river. .Cat and Rat where the best of friends.

and were afraid they would oversleep and miss the start of the race. and Ox agreed. . They asked their friend Ox to make sure they woke up on time.Cat and Rat were both very good at sleeping.

.The day of the race arrived. but no one answered. He bellowed in the window. and Ox got to Cat and Rat’s house bright and early. Finally he pushed the door open with his strong shoulders and went to the bedroom to find Cat and Rat. He pounded on the door with his mighty hoof. but no one answered.

. and he was afraid that he would miss the start of the race… so he picked up Cat and Rat and put them on his back.The two lazy animals were so deeply asleep that nothing Ox did would wake them up! It was getting late.

all three of them could be part of the Zodiac! .The race began and Ox ran as fast as he could. carrying Cat and Rat on his back. If he could get to the finish line first.

he gave Cat a shove and pushed her right off Ox’s back! . He looked over at Cat. If Cat was awake. and got an idea. there was no way he could beat her in a race. still fast asleep. She was way too big and fast! Instead.Well all the bouncing around finally woke up Rat.

Cat sure woke up then. . having rolled right into the river! She splashed her way out and watched as the racing animals sped past her.

Rat climbed up onto his head. . Just before Ox crossed the line to become the very first animal in the Zodiac.As Ox neared the finish line. Rat jumped as far as he could jump and managed to beat Ox across the line! This is why the Rat is the first sign in the Chinese Zodiac and Ox is the second.

goat. snake. horse. monkey. rooster. After him comes the ox who is followed by the tiger.So the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac begins with the rat. After them come the rabbit. dog and pig. dragon. in that order. .

He wasn’t among the first twelve. has no place in the zodiac. it must be noted.The Cat. .

Cat never forgave Rat for pushing her off Ox’s back and into the water. She was devastated and furious at the same time and swore to hate Rat forever. .

That is why Cat chased after Rat… and cats all over the world nowadays still do. .

The End .