Hyrax and the Other Animals

All the forest animals feasted on the flowering cinchona bushes... all except for Hyrax. 
"Instead of feeding down here on the ground, we should learn to climb trees," Hyrax said, but the other animals didn't listen.
Hyrax alone learned to climb.
When the Man saw animals eating the cinchona, he laid traps there. The next day when the animals came to eat the cinchona, they were caught in the traps and died.
From high up in the tree, Hyrax said, "You did not listen to me and learn to climb the trees, and now look what has happened to you."



Inspired by: "The Animals Perish Because They Refuse to Listen to Hyrax" in Bulu Folk-Tales (in Journal of American Folklore) by George Schwab, 1914. The Bulu are a people who live in Cameroon. 
Notes: You can read the original story online. The esombo plant is the Rauvolfia caffra. The name of the hyrax is Nyok.





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