Deep in the heart of the amazon, rumors of a rare sighting of a white and browed striped tigress could be heard through out every village. Word got out to the travelers and toursitst which lead to the search of this tigress. Whom ever was to capture this magnificent beast would use her for attractions and money. This did not go well with many animal association societies. And so the race began to either find the tigress or keep her home safe from poachers.
Many tried and many failed. Some even died or was severally injured. And so the ensure the safety of the tigress, zoo's had auctions to see which she would go to. It would only be temporarily until a protected area was put in her homeland.
Fortunately for New York, they won and immediately got to work. With the successful capture of 'Anna', as they named her, they were off to New York Central Park Zoo.
"There you go..." The zoo keeper said as he and his helped set a sleeping Anna in her habitat. "Now lets get out of here.. She'll be waking up soon." As they left to close for the night, familiar murmuring was coming from behind the walls of her exibit.
"They said her name is Anna..."
"Hey, she kind of looks like me!"
"SHHHH... You dont wanna wake her up.."
"Both of you just hush."
Anna's ears flicked and she groaned.
"Oh, she's waking up.."
Her eyes fluttered open revealing dark brown eyes. She pushed herself up and looked around. "Huh? Where am I?"
"That would be Manhatten!"
Anna turned and pounced at him. "Who are you?"
The rest of the zoosters stepped out form their hiding spot. "Whoa, whoa, whoa! Calm down there.. We dont mean any harm." The lion said.
"Yeah, yeah.. We just wanted to say hi." The zebra under Anna responded.
She got off of him and stepped back, "Who are you and where am I?"
"Welcome to the Cental Park Zoo. I'm Alex, the one and only King of New York." He gave a dahsing smile.
Anna took note on his teeth ad claws, "You look like me... but with a bigger mane."
"I'm a lion. Right here," He gestured to the zebra, "This is Marty. Behind me are Melman and Gloria. Nice to meet you... Anna."
"How do you know my name? I havent told you."
"Well we overheard the zookeepers." Melman explained.
Anna hummed and crossed her arms. She began to walk around and noticed she was closed in with no where to go, "WHAT?! Wait, you said Manhatten? Where's the Amazon?"
"Sorry sweety, but you in the wrong country if you lookin' for the amazon." Gloria pointed out.
Anna gasped and began to hyperventalate before looking to Alex, "How do I get out of her?" She growled.
Alex put his paws up, "Hold on now, it seems like you'll be here a while."
"He's right,"Melman started, "The tag on her habitat says temporarily 2 to 3 years."
"Years?!" Anna frowned.
"Guess your stuck with us." Marty shrugged.
"Be that as it may, we just want you to feel welcomed." Alex opened his arms to seem peaceful."
"What? We dont mean any harm"
"GET. OUT." Anna repeated.
"Girl, you better lower that attitude right now."
"No, no," Alex put his paw up in surrender, "Its fine. We'll just be on out way out. Nice meeting you."
With that they began to leave. Alex stopped, "Drop by later if you want to talk or anything. Marty's birhday party is tonight. Perhaps if you want to get to know us better, that might be a start." Then he left.
Anna rubbed her arm and sighed. She left to the farthest corner of her enclosure and curled up in depression.
That night, Anna had been listening to them. Things had gotten quiet and she figured now would be a good time to talk. She had nothing better to do and definatly no way out so why not...
"Hey... Lion guy.." She called.
Alex was just about to fall asleep when he heard his name. He sat up and looked around. Melman was still asleep. Gloria too and Marty was as well.
"Pssst.." He heard again. He got out of his bed and looked into Anna's enclosure, "Anna?"
"Hey... I wanna talk now.. Do you mind coming down here."
Alex was surpised by this. No way she could have trusted him that fast.
"Yeah..." He hopped in, "Whats up?"
"I just wanted you to know... Im sorry about earlier... Its just..."
"You were taken from your home, huh?"
"..." She was silent and sat down.
Alex sat next to her, "I know that feeling... When i was a young cub... I was taken from my home too. Where that was, i cant even remember now but, when I came here, i got to meet my three best friends in the whole world. Plus it isn't all that bad here. Free food, conditioner, a nice place to sleep. And when the people come in, I get to perform in front of all New York."
Anna listened to him. Things didn't sound too bad and she figured she was only there temporarily.
"Are the people nice?"
"I was always hunted down and they tried to shoot me..." She looked down.
"No one's gonna hurt you here. It's a zoo and the people will love your beatiful fur!" Alex pointed out.
"Really?" She smiled a bit.
Alex nodded and looked at her. He noticed how gorgeous she was when she smiled in the moonlight, "Wow.."
"What?" She questioned.
"Oh! uh... nothing.. Just..." He paused and stood with a sigh, "Just keep your chin up and see how it goes tomorrow. Things will get better." He helped her up.
"Thank you, Alex.."
They stared at one another as they held each others paws. Once they realized hwo long this was going on, they immediatly let go and laughed awkwardly, "Okay... Uh... Have a night good..." Alex said, "I mean a good night! I meant that... uh.. See ya tomorrow."
He smiled nervously and went on his way.
Anna smiled too and she went back to her bed and curled up. She was still very upset that she was taken from her home, but with the knowledge Alex told her, she could try to relax a bit more until she was headed back home.