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Mijbil the Otter
By– Gavin Maxwell
Value Points of the Story
- When Maxwell’s dog died, he became alone without a pet.
- In 1956, he travelled to Southern Iraq and there he thought of keeping an otter instead of a dog.
- His friend advised him to get an otter in Tigris marshes. They were found in plenty there.
- Two Arabs were squatting on the floor and a sack was lying beside them.
- They handed him a note from his friend. It read: “Here is your otter …”
- The narrator named the otter `Mijbil’.
- In the beginning, Mijbil was indifferent but started taking a keen interest in his surroundings.
- He came to his bed and remained sleep on Maxwell’s knees.
- Like every otter, Mijbil enjoyed splashing water like a hippo.
- Mijbil was successful in screwing up the tap to its full flow.
- The otter spent most of his time playing.
- It was really a difficult job to transport Mijbil from Basra to England.
- Mij was packed up in a small box.
- The air hostess was quite friendly and cooperative and suggested keeping the pet on his knee.
- As the box was opened, Mij was out of the box in a flash.
- Mijbil disappeared and later on, it was found beneath the legs of a turbaned Indian.
- Maxwell remained in London with Mijbil for nearly a month.
- Mij invented his own game with the ping-pong ball.
- Like school children, he would touch every block with his feet and touch every second lamp-post.
- The average Londoner could not recognise an otter and people started giving wild guesses about him.
- Mijbil was called ‘a baby seal’, ‘a squirrel’. ‘a walrus’, ‘a beaver’, etc.