Monkey’s Fiddle and Bow

 

Monkey’s Fiddle and Bow

 

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Monkey Playing the Fiddle to Save His Life

 

Monkey’s New Beginning

Long, long ago somewhere in Africa… When the earth and all the people and animals were new… Monkey, although a good hunter and careful keeper of his domain had ran out of food to eat, as a result of a very harsh drought in his country. The need for food, lead Monkey to seek out his cousin in another part of the world, not overly far from where he lived.

Hungry and forlorn, the long journey completely exhausted Monkey, finally arriving at Baboon’s shelter. Baboon put Monkey to work to gather food for them both, which he shared fairly with Monkey, because Monkey was family.

After some time the drought had lifted in Monkey’s country. So he took his leave of Baboon, thanking him kindly for his help and extending an invitation to him should he need, he was welcome in Monkey’s home. Baboon was so impressed with the way Monkey worked and went about his life, that he gave Monkey two gifts to help him in any future drought or strange trouble that may one day befall him.

 

Jackal to the Rescue or Not

Not long after they had made a great meal out of the Impala, Monkey observed that something strange had come over Hyena, because he sat there staring at Monkey’s bow and arrows. With suspicion Monkey viewed Hyena until suddenly Hyena with complete jealousy, not even a thank you for the meal, begged Monkey to give him the bow and arrows. In fact he demanded them from Monkey, when the latter refused to give them away and becoming very aggressive toward Monkey who was beginning to get very worried about his own safety, seeing Hyena was much stronger than he was.

 

Today the Animal Council Sits

Finally the day of the Council arrived with Monkey being asked to tell his story first. To weaken Monkey’s case, Jackal decided to go against him and pretended to support Hyena hoping to get the bow and arrows for himself. After Jackal, Hyena gave his version of things and poor Monkey’s evidence was not looking good.

 

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Meet Our Authors: The Wildmoz team, Cari and Moz, have a lifelong passion for the Bushveld and share adventures and stories about Africa's good things. Wildmoz is Africa - the cradle of life! Travel writing about wildlife, African folklore, wildlife art, Kruger Park and wildlife safari info! Taste life as it is in Africa.
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