140. The Cat and the Leopard

Leopard didn’t know how to hunt, so Cat had to teach him.
“Stalk like this.” Cat stalked a mouse. “Then use your left paw like this.” Cat killed the mouse.
Leopard did the same.
“Good!” said Cat. “Next time I’ll teach you how to use your right paw.”
In the meantime, Leopard got hungry. He went to Cat’s house, eager for his next lesson.
Cat wasn’t home, but her kittens were, and Leopard ate them all.
When Cat found out, she refused to give Leopard more lessons, so now he can only kill with his left paw, not his right.

[a story from Ghana] 

Inspired by: "Why the Leopard Can Only Catch Prey On Its Left Side" in West African Folktales by William Barker and Cecilia Sinclair, 1917.
Notes: You can read the original story online.

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