The Hyena and the Leopard

Hyena and Leopard went hunting together and killed many animals.
"Let's cut and cook the meat here," said Leopard.
"I don't have a knife," said Hyena.
"Don't worry," said Leopard. "But what about fire?"
"Don't worry," said Hyena.
While Leopard cut the meat with his claws, Hyena smashed a stone to make fire.
"How did she make fire?" Leopard wondered. "I don't want her to burn me!" So Leopard ran off.
"How did he cut the meat?" Hyena wondered. "I don't want him to cut me!" So Hyena ran off.
Leopard and Hyena still run whenever they see each other.



Inspired by: "Hyena and Leopard" in Thirty-Two Folk-Tales of the Edo-Speaking Peoples of Nigeria (published in Folklore) by Northcote W. Thomas, 1920.
Notes: You can read the original story online.







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