Long ago, in the land of Flonkabobia, when the animals held their great converscussions, there lived a shouty rabbit with short ears. He would SHOUT a lot, and SHOUT A LOT, and never listened to the other animals.
One day, the baby Owls were doing their lessons with the wise old Owls. The Rabbit hopped in and grumbled, “I CAN’T WORK THIS OUT!” waving a piece of paper in the wise old owls’ faces “HELP ME FINISH IT!” The wise old Owls got extremely angry and took the piece of paper and threw it in the bin.
Three days later, the Squirrels were counting all the food they had for the winter, and the Rabbit bounced up and shouted, “CAN I HELP?” very loud and all the Squirrels forgot how much they had counted and had to start again.
The next week, the lions were hunting on the plains and the Rabbit jumped over and cried out, “Are you hunting those deer? Can I join in?” scaring all the deer away.
Very soon, all the animals were fed up with him, and they had a talk. ”We have had enough!” said the Owls. “We were teaching the baby owls and he came in and shouted at us.” The lions said, “We were hunting and he scared all the deer away!” “We were counting our food for the winter and he came in and shouted and we had to start again!” said the Squirrels.
The animals decided to send Fox to chase the Rabbit.
Fox was a frightening fighter, and he was proficient and efficient at hunting and eating other animals. He stealthily sneakily stalked towards the field where Rabbit was shouting, “Why is no-one in this field? Where has everyone gone?”
When Rabbit saw Fox, he thought that Fox was being friendly and he asked him, “WHERE IS EVERYONE? WHAT ARE THEY ALL DOING?” Fox, who was not only a frightening fighter but was also frighteningly honest, said, “They had a meeting and they hired me to hunt you.”
Oh no! Rabbit bounced away on his long bouncy legs and shouted “HELP, HELP! SOMEONE, HELP! I DON’T WANT TO BE FOX’S BRUNCH!” All the other animals could hear him, but they ignored him.
“HELP, HELP! HELP, HELP! Help, Help, help, help, help help…” Rabbit shouted so much his voice disappeared. Eventually, all he could do was squeak.
He could tell, by now, that no-one was going to help him. Then he dug a burrow to escape from Fox, and he grew big ears, so that he could hear whenever a fox was coming.
And so, this is why all rabbits have long ears and a small squeaky voice, and are frightened of foxes.