Leopard came to Tortoise, and said, "Please catch Python for me!"
So Tortoise dug a pit to trap Python.
Then Python told Tortoise, "Please catch Leopard for me."
Tortoise decided to use the same pit.
So Tortoise went to Leopard and said, "Come this way."
Leopard fell into the pit.
Then Python. "Come this way," said Tortoise.
Python fell into the pit.
"I did what you asked," Tortoise said. "Now you two figure it out!"
"I've never caught you before," Python said to Leopard.
"Nor I you," said Leopard.
They experienced mutual respect and emerged from the trap as friends.
Inspired by: "The Tortoise and the Leopard and the Python" in Bulu Tales from Kamerun, West Africa (published in Journal of American Folkklore) by Adolph N. Krug, 1912.
Notes: You can read the original story online.