Jackal smelled fish!
Then he saw it: a wagon full of fish coming down the road.
Thinking fast, Jackal lay down in the road, pretending to be dead.
When the driver saw him, he stopped. “What luck!” he shouted. “I can make this into a fine fur for my wife.”
He grabbed Jackal and threw him on top of the fish.
Jackal tossed the fish out of the wagon one by one, very quietly. Then he jumped down, gathered the fish, went home, and had a feast.
When the man got home, he had no fish, and no fur either.
[a Khoekhoe story from Namibia]
Inspired by: "Fish-Stealing" in Reynard the fox in South Africa; or, Hottentot fables and tales by W. Bleek, 1864.
Notes: You can read the original story online. Bleek cites as his source: From Sir James E. Alexander's " Expedition of Discovery into the Interior of Africa," vol. ii. pp. 246, 247. In the second part, Hyena tries to imitate Jackal: Hyena and the Fish-Wagon.
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