Chapter 5 - Help us!
Burra Nimu and his family huddled together in a small hole, hiding from the rabbits who had captured their home.
"I don't understand," sobbed Bindee. "Why did the rabbits steal our eggs and try to kill us?"
"They are not like us," Mrs Bilby explained sadly. "We bilbies are creatures of the land. We love its plants, its soil, its water, and the animals and birds who belong to it. We are part of its great cycle. The invaders want the land for their own."
"We must find help!" said Burra Nimu.
"But who can help us now?" asked Binni, anxiously. "The rabbits tricked the children. They stole our eggs and pretended they were their own gifts to the children.
"Oh Father, why didn't the children understand the message of the eggs and come to help us?"
Burra Nimu sat back on his haunches and rubbed his tired eyes. He hated to see his loved ones so scared, hungry, and exhausted.
"You must be strong, Binni" he said gently. "And have courage".
"Why a gift is given is as important as the gift itself. The children did not understand the message of the eggs because the rabbits did not want them to.
"Do not despair, we will find a way of reaching the children."
"But how can we, Burra?" asked Mrs Bilby. "The rabbits stole the egg recipe and we cannot make more gifts without it."
Burra Nimu gave his tail a determined shake: "There must be a way, Beela Nimu, and we shall find it!"