23. Cloud Eating

Jackal and Hyena were together when a white cloud appeared. Jackal climbed up on it, and starting eating the cloud as if it were fat.

When he wanted to come down, he said to Hyena, “My sister, as I am going to divide it with you, catch me when I jump.” So she caught him, and broke his fall. Then she also went up and ate there, high up on the top of the cloud.

When she was full, she said, “My brother, now catch me.” The rogue said to his friend, “My sister, I will catch you. Come down.”

He held up his hands, and she came down from the cloud, and when she was near, Jackal cried out painfully jumping to one side. Oh me! Oh me! A thorn has pricked me and sticks in me.” Thus she fell down from above, and was hurt.

Since that day, it is said that Hyena’s hind feet have been shorter than the front ones.