Someone was stealing corn from the fields.
“I will catch and kill the thief!” roared King Lion.
He lay in wait… and caught Rabbit.
“I’m no thief!” protested Rabbit. “I came to give you this crown!” He showed Lion a crown. “Lean against this tree, and I’ll crown you.”
Rabbit parted Lion’s mane, pretending to make room for the crown, but he was really tying Lion’s hair to the tree.
Lion was trapped!
Then Rabbit scattered corn husks around Lion.
“Thief!” Rabbit yelled. “Come see the thief!”
All the animals came and beat Lion to death for stealing their corn.
[a Tsonga story from southern Africa]