22. The Cane-Rat and the Bat

“This soup tastes so good,” said Cane-Rat to his friend, Bat. “What’s your secret?”
“I boil myself in the water,” said Bat. “I’ll show you how to do it.”
Bat got into a pot of water and got out again a few minutes later. The water wasn’t boiling, but Cane-Rat thought it was.
Cane-Rat went home and told his wife to boil him. “That is Bat’s secret for tasty soup,” he explained. “Just boil me a few minutes.”
Cane-Rat died!
His widow told the King, who ordered Bat’s arrest.
That’s when Bat went into hiding, only coming out at night.

[a story from southern Nigeria] 

Inspired by: "Why the Bat flies by Night" in Folk stories from southern Nigeria, West Africa by Elphinstone Dayrell, 1910.
Notes: You can read the original story online. The name of the bush rat is Oyot, and the bat is Emiong.

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