Ronald was a circus seal. He had always been a circus seal. And he loved it!
Some of the other seals complained about being in the circus and not being able to leave, and Ronald understood why they thought that, but that didn’t make him love the circus any less.
Ronald loved performing for people. He loved to bounce on the big balls that the clowns put out, he loved to jump though the hoops and climb up on the colourful boxes. He loved to clap his flippers, and bark for treats.
Ronald loved all of it.
But most of all, he loved the joy that he saw on the little children’s faces when they saw him do his tricks.
Because Ronald was a well behaved seal, he was able to go out after the performances. He was always with one of his trainers, but he didn’t mind. He got to ride in a little buggie that his trainer would pull through the circus grounds. On his buggie, there was lots of straw and hay for him to lay on. And there was a nice little pool with cool water for him to splash in. The buggie was even big enough to have a little slide going into the pool. It was very little, but who doesn’t like slides? Even little ones!
All the children would run up to the buggie, and sometimes his trainer would let them feed him little fishies. Sometimes, if he was extra super good, his trainer would even let the little children scratch him behind the ears.
Ronald couldn’t imagine his life outside of the circus. He knew that his friends wanted to be set free, but he couldn’t think of a better way to spend his days than splashing around in that pool on the buggie, getting to see the smiling faces of all the little children who ran up to see him.