“«I will go as fast as I can,» he said anxiously.
«We dare not wait for thee. Follow, Baloo. We must go on the quick-foot—Kaa and I.»
«Feet or no feet, I can keep abreast of all thy four,» said Kaa shortly. Baloo made one effort to hurry, but had to sit down panting, and so they left him to come on later, while Bagheera hurried forward, at the quick panther-canter.
Kaa said nothing, but, strive as Bagheera might, the huge Rock-python held level with him. When they came to a hill stream, Bagheera gained, because he bounded across while Kaa swam, his head and two feet of his neck clearing the water, but on level ground Kaa made up the distance.”