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Mijbil the otter presentation

  1. 1. Mijbil the Otter PRESENTATION PREPARED BY: RAKESH S K(TGT ENGLISH):JNV BETUL
  2. 2. Mijbil the Otter ABOUT THE AUTHOR Gavin Maxwell, (born July 15, 1914, Elrig, near Mochrum, Wigtown, Scot.—died Sept. 6, 1969, Inverness, Inverness), Scottish author and naturalist. Maxwell was educated at Stowe School and the University of Oxford, then became a freelance journalist, though ornithology remained his special interest. He served with the Scots Guard in World War II. In 1945 he bought the island of Soay and described in Harpoon at a Venture (1952; also published as Harpoon Venture) his attempt to establish a shark fishery there. The best-selling Ring of Bright Water(1960) describes his life with two pet otters in his seaboard cottage in the west Highlands of Scotland; The Rocks Remain(1963) is a sequel. Maxwell’s prolonged stay in Sicily resulted in two fine books, God Protect Me from My Friends (1956; also published as Bandit), about the bandit Salvatore Giuliano, andThe Pains of Death (1959), on the poverty-stricken lives of the islanders. A Reed Shaken by the Wind (1957; also published asPeople of the Reeds) is an account of his travels among the marsh dwellers of southern Iraq.
  3. 3. Mijbil the Otter •In the beginning of 1956, the author was in Iraq. One day on the way to Basra, he casually mentioned to a friend that he would love to have an otter instead of a dog as a pet. •A few days later, the author got an otter from his friend. Two Arabs brought it for him in a sack. •The author stayed in Basra for a few days. Very soon the otter became very friendly with the author. It loved to play with water all the time. It played with a rubber ball also. •The author named his otter Mijbil. He made for it a body-belt. He would take it on a lead to the bathroom. There the otter would go mad playing with water. It could even turn the tap and make the water flow at full pressure.
  4. 4. Mijbil the Otter •After some days, the author was to come back to London. The transporting of Mijbil became a problem. British airline did not permit animals on its flights. Another airline agreed to take the animal if packed in a box. •The author made a small box for the otter. He had to face a lot of difficulty and it made him late for the plane. •While in the plane, the otter escaped from the box. There was a lot of hue and cry. At last, the otter came back and settled on the author’s knees. •After an eventful journey, the author and his otter at last reached London where he lived in a flat. •The otter spent most of its time playing with its toys. Sometimes the author took it out for a walk. He would take it on a lead as if it were a dog.
  5. 5. Mijbil the Otter •Opposite to the author’s flat, there was a primary school that had a low outer wall about thirty yards long. The otter would jump on to it and go running all the length of the wall. •Different people made different guesses as to what animal it was. They would say it was a baby seal, squirrel, a walrus, a hippo, a beaver, a bear cub or even a leopard with spots. •Very few Londoners had ever seen an otter. They were filled with surprise on seeing such a strange animal. One day a labourer was digging a hole in the street. Looking at the author’s otter, he exclaimed, “Here, Mister, what is that supposed to be?”

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