24. Lion’s Illness

Lion was ill, and they all went to see him in his suffering. But Jackal did not go, because those who went to see him did not come back. He was accused by Hyena, who said, “Even though I go to look, Jackal does not want to come and look at Lion’s sufferings.”

Then Lion let Hyena go, in order that she might catch Jackal; and she did so, and brought him.

Lion asked Jackal, “Why did you not come here to see me?”

Jackal said, “Oh, no! When I heard that my uncle was so very ill, I went to the witch doctor to consult him, about what medicine would be good for my uncle against the pain. The doctor said to me, ‘Go and tell your uncle to take hold of Hyena and draw off her skin, and put it on while it is still warm. Then he will recover.’ Hyena is one who does not care for my uncle’s sufferings.”

Lion followed his advice, got hold of Hyena, drew the skin over her ears, whilst she howled with all her might, and put it on.