The Rhinoceros and the Bees

The bees came to Rhinoceros's watering hole. "Go away!" he shouted.
"But we're thirsty," they said.
"Drink somewhere else!" snarled Rhinoceros.
"Please, let us drink here today, just this once."
Rhinoceros agreed, and the bees drank.
Then the bees held a council.
"We're stronger than Rhinoceros!"
"We can take his water!"
"He can't stop us!"
They went back the next day. When Rhinoceros challenged them, they laughed. "You underestimate our strength!" 
The bees fought with Rhinoceros, stinging his nostrils until he bled, and Rhinoceros couldn't stop them.
"You win," he groaned. "We are brothers now; drink here whenever you want."



Inspired by: "The Rhinoceros and the Mason Bees" in The Suk: Their Language and Folklore by Mervyn W. H. Beech, 1911.
Notes: You can read the original story online. The author says "mason bees," but there are not mason bees in Africa, but there are many varieties of African bees.

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