Jackal, Lion and the Falling Rocks…
Does Jackal Fool Lion… Once Again?
Long, long ago somewhere in Africa… When the earth and all the people and animals were new… Jackal was moseying along through a narrow, rocky passage between the hills. As was his habit, he kept his nose to the track as he ambled along, checking for interesting smells.
“Never know when or where my next meal could turn up,” he thought to himself, although it was highly unlikely that a rat or a fat little mouse would be out in this heat. But possibly there would be a lizard or a rabbit out and about, for his snack.
All of a sudden, he became conscious of movement up ahead of him on the path.
“Oh, no!” Jackal moaned and froze in his tracks. Lion was coming straight towards him. Realizing that he was too close to escape, Jackal was terrified. He had played so many tricks on the great Lion in the past, it was certain that Lion would take every chance to get his revenge.
When Jackal saw that Lion had seen him, he swallowed hard and in his fright, he instantly came up with an idea. Above him, along the pass, large, unstable rocks formed the cliff walls, and this gave him his plan.
“Help! Help!” cried Jackal, knowing Lion must have seen him. He cringed down on the cliff path, eyeing the rocks above him.
Lion stopped short in surprise, looking suspiciously at Jackal.
“Help!” Jackal howled, using all the fear he felt in the middle of his chest to put emphasis in his cry. He glanced up at Lion, who at this stage was standing over him staring in perplexity.
“Oh, great One! Help! There is no time to lose! See those huge rocks above us? They are about to fall! We shall both be crushed to death! Oh, mighty Lion, do something! Save us!” And Jackal cowered even lower, his paws covering his head.
Lion checks out the rocks
Lion looked up at the large rocks above him, most alarmed. Before he even had a chance to think, Jackal was begging him to use his strength to hold up the menacing rock. So Lion put his muscular shoulder to the rock and heaved.
“Oh, thank you, great King, thank you!” yelped Jackal. “I will quickly get a log to brace the rock, and we shall both be saved!” With that, Jackal bounded away, out of sight.
Lion was left all alone to struggle under the weight of the unmoving rock. How long he endured there before he realized it was another hoax, we will never know. But this much we do know: Jackal escaped Lion many times in the past and still continues to live by his wits!