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THE BABY OF THE
APES! ~ 1932.01.24
Lord of the Jungle, watches the ape tribe as its members cross a jungle
stream. Among the apes is Mala, carrying her baby in her arms. In crossing
the vines over the stream she treads on the ape ahead of her. He turns,
snarling, and in her fright Mala drops her babu. The baby ape strikes the
water, uttering weird cries of fright. . . and the ape man, who has seen
the accident, dives! Gimla, the crocodile, and Tarzan race through the
water for the drowning child ape. The ape man reaches the babu and races
for the shore. In the race for life with the crocodile, the ape man outdistances
his attacker. Memories of his youth stir the ape man as he looks at the
ape baby in his arms. But the ape child stares at the unknown man in great
terror. When the ape man's arms relax, the babu, frightened at this, attempts
to escape. The panther sees the defenseless baby ape. He poises for his
spring. But the keen eyes of the ape man see the panther, and he leaps
into the path of the attack. The panther falls before the Lord of the Jungle.
Tarzan catches the balu and takes it to its mother.
"Here, Mala," he tells the ape mother, "In the
future guard over it well, as Kala, my ape mother, guarded over me."
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