Hunter and Leguaan

 

The Hunter and the Leguaan

 

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The African Watch Hut

 

The Hunter and the Monitor

Long, long ago somewhere in Africa… When the earth and all the people and animals were new… A Shangaan man took his dogs one day and went hunting for some Guinea fowl. Along the way he came upon a leguaan by the broad and dusty track at the river’s edge. The leguaan said to him, “Master, help me across this desert waste.” For this great river bed was just as impassable as an endless desert for one so short as the leguaan.

The hunter at once refused and was going on, but the creature implored him again: “Do help me across this desert waste, and I will help you across yours.” With this, the man turned back, picked it up, and carried it across with no small effort… For the leguaan is a substantial beast.

 

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Leguaan the Nile Monitor

 

The Hunter’s Shelter

As soon as the hunter put the Leguaan down, it vanished from his sight and was nowhere to be found. So the hunter went on with his dogs and killed some guinea-fowl. Then, as the shadows grew long, there came rain, together with much thunder and lightning. And the man took refuge in one of the little watch-huts put up in the fields for those whose business it was to drive away monkeys by day and wild pigs by night.

 

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African Lions With a Kill

 

Who Eats Who?

The leguaan, who had followed him unseen, climbed into the thatch to hide. Presently, as the thunder died away and the rain stopped, a lion came along, and addressed the hunter saying,

“Give your guinea-fowl to the dogs, so they may eat them, you eat the dogs and then I’ll eat you!”

 

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Helmeted Guinea Fowl and Chicks

 

A Deep Voice From the Thatch

The hunter was terrified, and could neither speak nor move. The lion, receiving no response from the hunter, roared out the same words a second time.

“Give your guinea-fowl to the dogs, so they may eat them, you eat the dogs and then I’ll eat you!”

All of a sudden, there came a voice from out of the thatch!

“Just so. Give the guinea-fowl to the dogs to eat, you eat the dogs, the lion will eat you and I’ll eat the lion.”

Hearing this from above, the lion ran away as fast as he could and never looked back!

The moral of the story is, truly, one good turn deserves another.

 

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