Me: “One animal bites this tree and then makes a house with the tree.”
Skeptical Student: “A big animal, teacher? Elephant like tree.”
Me: “Oh no. This animal is a brother to rabbit, squirrel. Like this:” I make the universal sign for rodent, hands tucked under my chin and making clicking noises, exposing my front teeth
Student: “Ummm, no, teacher. A rabbit cannot eat a tree and make a house.”
Me: “It’s like a rabbit. It lives in the water. It takes the tree in the water and then makes a house.”
Student: “Ummm, teacher. No. A rabbit cannot swim.”
Me: “It is like a rabbit. It has a big tail (universal sign for beaver tail here) and it swims and then makes a house from the tree it bites.”
Student. “Sooooo, it is a fish rabbit that can bite a tree and make a house?” (totally incredulous)
Me: “Yes. Yes. It is a fish rabbit. It is a fish rabbit that bites trees.”
Student: “Oh yes. Okay. I know.”
He nods as if this now makes perfect sense and heads off to impart this knowledge to his classmates.
God help them if kangaroos ever come up.