By Joan Lowery Nixon

On a stroll within the woods, Sean and Brian discover a frightening footprint

Sean Quinn doesn't just like the sound of spending a weekend in an area named Grizzly Hill. even though his buddy Alan assures him the advance has been bear-free for a century, Sean isn't confident. The woods are thick and darkish, and there's an previous grizzly den now not faraway from Alan's residence. And while Brian discovers an odd footprint on a woodland course, Sean begins to want he had stayed at domestic with Mrs. Peabody, the babysitter. She's now not any enjoyable, yet at the least she's no longer a bear!

Brian comes to a decision the print is just too small to be a full-grown grizzly, however it can be a cub. opposed to Sean's needs, they stick with the tracks into the wooded area. If there are bears within the woods, Brian desires to comprehend. And if the animal is whatever even stranger, he can't wait to determine!

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Lucy acknowledged. “I was once out within the yard, minding my very own company, once they all started throwing pinecones. ” “No, we didn’t,” Sean acknowledged. “We have been up the following, engaged on Brian’s casts. ” “Oh, sure,” Lucy acknowledged. “The boys are right,” Mr. Nash acknowledged. “I’ve been right here with them. ” “Were you with them ten mins in the past? ” “Well, no, yet …” “Ha! ” Lucy shouted. She went to the window and pointed. “I was once correct there below that tree, once they all started throwing pinecones. 3 of them even hit me! I guess they threw them from correct up right here! ” “We wouldn’t have thrown pinecones,” Alan acknowledged. “We might have thrown tender, rotting banana skins, or useless frogs, or …” “That’s enough,” Mr. Nash acknowledged. “Lucy … Alan … I anticipate you to get besides one another. ” “Little brothers are a ache! ” Lucy stated and stomped out of the room. Mr. Nash her. “Who threw the pinecones at Lucy? ” Sean requested. “The kinkajou? ” “Sure,” Brian acknowledged. “I knew I cherished that animal,” Alan stated. “Look, it’s on the subject of dark,” Brian instructed Sean and Alan. “Thanks to Lucy we all know what tree the kinkajou needs to be hiding in. Let’s perform our plan. ” Alan chop up a few chunks of oranges, bananas, and apples. He positioned them right into a plastic dish and carried it out to the yard. “Put it just about that tree,” Brian whispered and pointed. He and Sean, who had his digicam able to move, concealed within the within reach timber. Alan joined them. within the moonlight they can see an extended, skinny animal move slowly out of a hole within the tree. It climbed head first down the trunk, its claws gripping the bark. Its tail, which used to be longer than its physique, curled round a department for aid. sometimes it stopped and raised its head carefully. It had the face of a small endure cub, with an identical rounded ears. With its again ft nonetheless clinging to the tree trunk, it reached out with its entrance paws and grabbed a bit of fruit. Sean was once so enthusiastic about what the kinkajou was once doing, he nearly forgot approximately his digital camera. yet Brian poked him, and Sean took 4 images in fast succession. even if Sean stayed scrunched down within the trees and attempted to be very quiet, the kinkajou heard him. It stopped consuming and regarded round suspiciously. It hissed angrily at being interrupted earlier than it scrambled up the trunk. prior to the kinkajou disappeared into its hiding position there has been the sound of working footsteps, and the beam from a flashlight shone at the kinkajou. an individual in a sweatsuit, tennis sneakers, and a material hat ran as much as the tree. the individual stopped, taking a look up on the hole the place the kinkajou used to be hiding. He pulled out a fabric bag and broke an extended, skinny department from the tree. Then he driven one finish of the department into the hole, grunting and jabbing, attempting to get the kinkajou to climb into the bag. The anxious kinkajou hissed frantically. It used to be too darkish to acknowledge the individual on the tree, yet Sean stood up and snapped images. Startled by way of Sean’s flow, the individual stepped backward into the dish of fruit and virtually misplaced his stability. the individual noticed Sean and began for him, waving the stick, yet Brian leaped up and shouted, “Stop!

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