63. The Elephant and the Rooster

“Rooster, I challenge you to an eating contest!” Elephant said.
Rooster agreed.
Elephant ate and ate; then he fell asleep. When he woke up, he saw Rooster was still eating.
Elephant ate some more; then he fell asleep again. When he awoke, he couldn’t believe it: Rooster was still eating!
Elephant ate, slept, and when he woke up, Rooster was on his back, pecking him.
“What are you doing?!” Elephant shrieked.
“I’m just looking in your bristles for insects to eat,” said Rooster.
Terrified by Rooster’s appetite, Elephant ran away, and he is still afraid when he hears Rooster crowing.

[a Dinka story from the Sudan]

Inspired by: "The Elephant and the Cock" in Ten years in Equatoria by Gaetano Casati, 1891.
Notes: You can read the original story online. This is a fable of the Dinka people.

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