The Lion and the Jackal Go Hunting
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Shortly after the lion and the jackal set off hunting together, the
lion killed a fine fat eland. 'Run back to my house while I look for more
game,' said the lion 'and tell my children to come and carry home the meat.'
But the jackal ran quickly to his own house and called his own children
who soon carried away all the meat. The lion could find no more game, so
he stopped hunting and went home.
'Is that not a fine eland I killed?' he boasted to wife the lioness.
She looked puzzled.
'We see no eland,' she growled.
'What? Did not the jackal come and tell the children to carry home
the meat?' he asked.
'He did not, and we are starving,' was the reply. The lion was furious.
He strode to the jackal's home, which was high up on a rocky ledge, and
could only be reached by a rope.
In a little while, the jackal came down to drink after his large
meal, and out jumped the lion. The jackal ran with all his might and just
managed to dodge down a small hole, but not before the lion grabbed him
by his tail.
'Now I've got you!' he roared.
'What do you mean?' returned the jackal, 'That is not my tail you
are pulling, it is just an old root. If you don’t
believe me, hit it with a stone and see if it bleeds.’
The lion thought this would be wise and went look for stones, which,
however, were not plentiful. When he returned the jackal was long gone.
On finding that he had been tricked, the lion was furious, and went rampaging
off to the jackal's rocky stronghold. ‘Ho there, little jackal,' he roared.
The jackal peeped the edge. He was safe, so he was cheeky.
'Who are you?' he shouted back. 'What is your name? Whose son are
you? Who was your father? Where are you from? Where are you going? Who
do you want? Why?'
The lion replied, 'I have merely come to see you. Just let down the
rope so I can come up.' The little jackal let down a rope of mouse skins,
and when the lion climbed a good way up, it broke and he fell. The jackal
laughed, and the poor lion went home to nurse a very sore head.