The rabbit’s tail

Many years ago, rabbits had long tails, not short ones, and crocodiles had tongues.

One such long-tailed rabbit lived near a pound. He drunk water from the pound and ate the grass nearby.

Now, in the pound lived a crocodile. The crocodile saw the rabbit eating grass and drinking water, and the thought how nice it would be to eat the rabbit.

One day the crocodile swam very close to the edge of the pound. He lay still in the water, hoping that the rabbit wouldn’t see him. When the rabbit came to drink, the crocodile opened his mounth wide. The he closed it with a snap. The rabbit was cought between the crocodile’s sharp teeth.

Of course, the rabbit was very frightened, but he did not want the crocodile to know this. “ I am not afraid of you,” sait the rabbit. “I am only afraid of animals that roar, everyone know that crocodiles can not roar, so you can not frighten me.”

When the crocodile hear this, he become very angry. He wanted to show the rabbit that he can roar as fiercely as a tiger. And so, the crocodile opened his mouth, the clever rabbit jumoed free. As he jumped, the rabbit sharp toe-nails caught the crocodile’s tounge and tore it out.

The crocodile tried ti catch the rabbit again, but his great teeth only snapped off the end of the rabbit’s tail. Again and again the crocodile tried to catch the rabbit, but the rabbit was to quick for him. Sometimes the crocodile caught a piece of the rabbit’s tail, but he could neverr roar at the rabbit because he had lost his tongue.

That is why rabbits today have short tails, and crocodiles have no tongues.


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