One day Leopard said to Crane, "Let's be friends! Come visit me. I would enjoy your company!"
Crane had her doubts about this, but she agreed to visit Leopard later.
When Crane came to see Leopard, she settled on the branch of a nearby tree. As she and Leopard talked, she plucked out a few feathers, letting them fall to the ground.
Leopard couldn't resist: he pounced, tearing the feathers to pieces.
"If that's how you treat my feathers," said Crane, "what would you do if I dared get close to you?"
Then Crane flew away, leaving Leopard all alone.
[a Bakweri story from Cameroon]
Inspired by: "The Leopard and the Crane" in African Jungle Tales by C. J. Bender, 1919.
Notes: You can read the original story online. This is a story of the Kwe (Wakweli) people of Cameroon; find out more at Wikipedia.