Hortense was late for dinner. His Mom told him he better get home before the meal cooled. Hortense had seen his buddies scurry along the power line conductors effortlessly. That would cut off about 5 minutes. What Hortense didn't realize was that the weight and size difference between a rat and an elephant would make the shortcut ridiculously slow. Hortense didn't make it home in time and had to eat cold hay soup.
The above story is fictitious except the part about cold hay soup.