he rabbits had often been known to think outside their burrows, but this was
very odd indeed. And yet . . . Mole of Dorset had elected them; their decision
had to be respected.

The reading out of selections took about one hour and not one event seemed to be
straightforward: the rabbits were down for the one hundred metres freestyle, the
fish were to take the timings for everyone, the swans were allocated the deepest
hole competition. The animals accepted their categories reluctantly,
and with much grumbling.