A long time ago, the lion used to be an ordinary house cat, and he lived together with the people in the village.
But then one day that cat chased a chicken, caught it, and ate it. The people were very angry.
The next day the cat did something even worse: he attacked a baby and scratched it.
The cat’s owner shouted at him, “I’m going to kill you!”
The cat knew he was in danger, so he ran away and hid in the bush, far from the people.
He became a lion, and now lions and people are enemies.
[a Yao story from Malawi]
Inspired by: "Lions" in Africana by Duff Macdonald, 1882.
Notes: You can read the original story online. Macdonald collected these stories from the Yao people at the Blantyre Mission in Malawi. This story was actually very short, so I added some details to make it 100 words long.