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Each week, The Sentinel publishes stories we receive to prompts in Kids World and on www.cumberlink.com. This week’s Kids Speak Out prompt was “I thought I adopted a cat, but it turned out to be a ...”

“I thought I adopted a cat, but it turned out to be a whale. I was so surprised and I did not know where to put it. So I just kept it for my pet, and I made a giant aquarium.”

Elias Cooper, 10

Grade 4

Upper Allen Elementary School

“I thought I adopted a cat, but it turned out to be a cheetah. When I found out that it was a cheetah, I wanted to see who was faster. It was so much fun. I gave him a piece of my turkey. Then we named him Rine.”

Caden Kitner

Grade 2

Newville Elementary School

“I though I adopted a cat, but it turned out to be a parrot. I did not know it would be a parrot. I did not know it would be a mean parrot, either. He was also a talkative parrot. I named him Washington, and he was better than a cat.”

Gavin Besselman, 9

Grade 4

Upper Allen Elementary School

“I thought I adopted a cat, but it turned out to be a dog. But then, we are friends. We played fetch. We had fun!”

Xander Kulikauskas, 8

Grade 2

Mooreland Elementary School

“I thought I adopted a cat, but it turned out to be a cheetah. So I adopted another one, and it turned out to be a lion. So I adopted another one and it turned out to be a puma. So I adopted another one and it turned out to be a tiger. So i adopted another one and it turned out to be a cat.”

Benjamin Brown

Grade 2

Newville Elementary School

“I thought I adopted a cat, but it turned out to be a toilet shaped like a cat. That afternoon, I sat on my kitty toilet thinking about what I had done. How could I have mistaken a toilet for a cat? And I had even named it on the way back from the pet store. For these reasons, I never tried to adopt a cat again.”

Carter Holtzapple, 9

Grade 4

Upper Allen Elementary School

“I thought I adopted a cat, but it turned out to be a banana. I named him Bob, and his nickname is Bob the Banana. The good thing about having a pet banana is well, nothing actually. There’s one thing that when he dies you can eat him. The bad things are ... he smells bad, you can’t walk him like a dog—you have to carry him everywhere—his cage costs a lot, and he expires in two days. I do not recommend a banana as a pet, but at least I learned my lesson not to get a cat at PetSmart.”

Grady Williams, 9

Grade 4

Upper Allen Elementary School

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