This story is about a little boy, Benjamin MacDonald. He is six years old. His family lives on a farm near Hawk's Hill. Ben is especially small for his age. He dosen't talk very much and many think he is handicaped or has some type of physical illness.
Ben, I guess you could say he has a talent, he imitates animals and can make sounds as well or if not better than animals. Many people in town think the son of William and Esther MacDonald is crazy.
While out exploring and watching different animals Ben runs into a badger. He had heard stories of how mean and horrible badgers can be. Ben has many more encounters with the badger.
Ben goes off exploring and ends up getting lost. He travels further and further away from home and can't tell which way he is going. With all the hills and fields of Prarie Grass Benjamin is in trouble. He has his final encounter with a badger when he tries to find cover during a rain storm. Benjamin fights for survival and is on the verge of death.
This report prepared by Whitney Woodruff
Incident At Hawk's Hill is Allan W. Eckert's story of a little six-year old boy lost in the Canadian prairie. The young boy named Benjamin is a lover of nature and animals, but runs away from his father and his home. As the weather grows threatening he crawls into the hole of a female badger he had previously befriended. Over the period of several months he becomes a part of the badger's family, first as a surrogate baby badger being fed and cared for in the den by the female to eventually hunting and foraging with her out in the open.
Finally, Benjamin's family finds the boy and the badger after an exhausting search for him. Benjamin had grown afraid of humans and did his best to stay hidden upon their approach until his brother eventually located him.
This report prepared by David Fletcher