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Dear diary,

With winters close at hand, mornings are getting chill these days.

Luckily, the sun is still generous, and so I never miss the chance to bask in the morning sunshine every day.

Moreover, I’m an Indian, and Indians love the sun throughout the year.

But there are some creatures who hate the sun – the insects.

This morning when I was in the garden, sniffing some flowers, I noticed a strange but interesting insect wriggle away from the sunlight.

It managed to crawl up a flowerpot kept in the shade and hid behind a leaf.

It looked like a normal caterpillar was wearing black woollen clothes.

“Winter is still not here, so why the warm clothes, dude?”, I wanted to ask.

Curious about the looks of the black fuzzy caterpillar, I walked closer to it. Suddenly, I heard some footsteps.

Mama was coming upstairs and I didn’t want her to notice me with the fuzzy caterpillar.

So, I wagged my tail and distracted her with my cuteness. Mama kissed me and got busy clipping off the damaged leaves from certain plants.

Looking at mama engrossed in her work, I quickly sneaked to the flowerpot where I had last seen the black fuzzy caterpillar.

It was still on the same leaf, eating and pooping at the same time. It was really gross.

I have seen many insects eating leaves, but pooping while eating, yuck!

I looked way in disgust.  When my eyes fell on the other flowerpots nearby, I was shocked to see so many other black fuzzy caterpillars eating the leaves.

I knew at once who was damaging the leaves.

I could not see the mess that black fuzzy caterpillar and his friends were making in our garden, so I barked and tried to push them off the leaves with my paw.

Mama heard me bark and asked me what was I up to.

On not finding any response from me, mama got suspicious. She left her work and came to see what I was doing.

Before mama could arrive, I had managed to drop off some of those fuzzy monsters off the plants.

Mama told me not touch them as their fuzz could be itchy.

I obeyed mama and backed her while she got rid of the black fuzzy caterpillar and his friends.

This is baby Hyena signing-off, feeling proud to save our plants from the black fuzzy caterpillars’ attack.

See you tomorrow again! Bye-bye!  🐾

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