bagheera swept on along the clearly-marked trail, and Mowgli followed the steps of the Gond.
bagheera lay close to Mowgli, and the fire pot was between Mowgli's knees.
bagheera sprang to his feet, thrust up his head as far as he could, sniffed, and stiffened through every curve in his body.
Meantime, Baloo and bagheera were furious with rage and grief.
bagheera's back began to curve like a bamboo in a high wind, but Hathi lifted up his trunk and spoke quietly.
bagheera, who did not know much about Kaa, was naturally suspicious.
Mowgli told him all his adventures from beginning to end, and bagheera sniffed at the ankus between whiles.
Kaa said nothing, but, strive as bagheera might, the huge Rock-python held level with him.
"Get the man-cub out of that trap; I can do no more," bagheera gasped.
bagheera heard, and the cry that told him Mowgli was safe gave him new courage.