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“Important load!”

Animal Antics! is a rhyming magazine story.


James is feeling very proud while he is pulling a very important load. Thomas watches him steam by and spots in James' wagon a noisy, roaring lion which James is taking to the wildlife park. James boasts to Thomas that he is too small to carry such an animal. Thomas is insulted and carries on his way.

Thomas' job is to collect costumes for a show and Thomas has a cheeky plan which his driver agrees to help him with.

Later on, Thomas passes James again and the boastful red engine gets a big surprise when he sees Thomas being driven by an ape.