The Hyena and the Lion

The hyena followed a hunter while he was hunting. Finally, he caught some game and, when he wasn't looking, the hyena crept up quietly, grabbed the meat, and ran.
On her way home, the hyena met the lion, and he snatched the meat right out of her mouth. 
"The robber has been robbed," the hyena moaned. "But that is the way of the world: the lion took the meat from me by force, and even if that hadn't happened, I am sure no good could have come from it."
What you gain from oppressing others will never give you pleasure.


Inspired by: "The Hyena and the Lion" in Hausa Tales and Traditions, volume 1, by Neil Skinner, 1969.
Notes: You can read the original story online. Compare this story: The Cat and Her Lizard, also in Skinner. 

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