Why the Lizard Often Nods
A very long time ago, Lizard and Dog were great friends. The habit of nodding each time Lizard moves and stops was not known at that time.
Dog was, and is still a great hunter. As a friend to the hunter, Lizard expected his friend to give him plenty of meat each time there was a catch. Dog often gave his friend something to eat but so little and at times nothing even when a large catch was made. Lizard could not understand why.
day, Lizard wanted to know why Dog never gave him enough meat.
"Ha! ha! my friend," laughed Dog, "you don't know what happens and I will not blame you for your questions. Believe me or not, but it is true, that whenever any catch is given to my master, it is he who becomes the owner and therefore he gives me just what he likes. At times I'm only given the bones and that is when I give you nothing. Let me tell you this, if I make a catch and consume it, my master will certainly know and I will be asked to account for it; you know what that means."
"It is difficult to understand," said Lizard. "What do you mean? Surely, if you catch any animal alone you can do what you like and nobody will know whether you caught an animal and ate or not. You can tell your master that you did not catch anything."
"No," said Dog. "My master always knows and I want you to see facts for yourself. Follow me to the bush for a hunt tomorrow. We shall catch and eat and after that you shall follow me to my house making sure you are not seen. Then take a good position from where you will hear and see all that will happen and you shall trust your friend forever."
Lizard accepted and followed Dog the next day. After toiling in the bush for a long time, Dog caught one small antelope. He tore the animal and with Lizard they ate it all. They were filled and Lizard was very satisfied and happy. He told his friend, Dog, that that was how it should be all the time!
After this, Dog left for home followed closely by his friend. When he arrived and entered the house, Lizard stood by the side of the door to listen to what Dog's master would say and to see what would happen.
of your hunting today?" asked the master to Dog.
The Dog belched. His master smelled it. He, the master, had also seen the hairs of an animal on the body of Dog and stains of blood but Dog did not notice all these.
master said to Dog, "but I can smell the animal you caught and ate."
"Get out! Go and bring the animal otherwise I deal with you very badly!" thundered Dog's master. As he spoke, he followed up with a stick which caught Dog at his side. Dog cried and jumped outside. Lizard was already running ahead of him along the verandah. They both ran out of the compound and entered the bush.
"Do you see what has happened now?" Dog asked his friend. Lizard nodded and nodded again in agreement, having seen the truth with his own eyes. Each time Lizard thinks of what Dog told him and what wad done to his friend for eating the animal, he nods and nods.
then, Lizard is used to nodding and that is why he continues to nod
till this day.
the Lizard Often Nods
Why did Lizard think that Dog was not kind to him?
was Dog's response to Lizard's complaint?
How does Dog convince Lizard that he is telling the truth?
to this "why" story, why does Lizard nod so often today?
Based on what you have read in this story, are Dog and Lizard still friends
This story illustrates morals, or lessons about life. List one or two
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