AFRICAN JUNGLE TALES originally collected and retold by C.J. Bender
Haldeman-Julius Company, 1919
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The Leopard and the Goat were friends. One day they went out camping together. They built themselves a hut in a secluded spot in the jungle, where they could live and do just as they pleased.
After they had everything in shape, the Leopard went hunting. He met with unusual good luck and returned with much game. On this they lived for a number of days.
Then it was the Goat's turn to furnish supplies. But instead of going after the game himself he went to a hunter and bought what he wanted in the line of food. He also bought a leopard-skin which the hunter offered for sale.
When he reached home, the Goat hid the leopard-skin back of the hut, but the meat he took along inside.
One day they had completely run out of food, and they were obliged. to go to bed without their usual meal.
At midnight the Leopard got up, pulled the Goat by the leg and cried: "Say, you, how about a bite to eat?"
Then the Goat awoke, commenced to scold the Leopard and cried: "What, you want something to eat from me? Don't you know that I have killed and eaten many Leopards already? Better be quiet, or I'll eat you, too!" Then he went and got the leopard-skin, held it in front of the Leopard and said: "Do you see this? Be careful, I say, or something similar is going to happen to your own hide. And then, don't you smell that peculiar odor about me? I tell you, I am a pretty dangerous fellow, and no doubt about it. If you know what's good for you, you'll keep out of my way!"
Then the Leopard began to fear for his life and fled. Even to the present day a Leopard
will not touch a He-Goat-he is afraid of him and runs away.