and his wife went into the jungle
to gather food. When they reached
a coconut tree, the man took out
his knife. The man climbed up the tree
to cut down some delicious coconuts.
reached for a
coconut, a black
fly flitted around
his face. He tried
to swat the fly,
and dropped his
knife. “Watch out,
Wife!” he cried.
way. As she jumped, she
kicked a crocodile that was
sleeping beneath the tree.
went—swack! swack! swack!
looking for bugs to eat. As
the crocodile’s tail came
down, the bird squawked—
scree! scree! scree!
in a tree and landed right next
to a monkey. The monkey was
peeling a juicy mango.
dropped his mango. It fell on the
head of a hippo—splat! splat! splat!
attacked by hunters. He tried to
escape—stomp! stomp! stomp!
on a bushfowl’s nest. The
nest was full of eggs.
familiar call—kark! kark! kark! So the
sky remained dark for several days.
bushfowl. She began to cry—sob! sob!
sob! And there she stayed, beside her
nest, for many days and nights.
animals together to find
out what had happened.
worried. They went to talk
to the wise lion.
He said, “Wise Lion, I dropped
my knife because a black fly
was annoying me.”
asked the lion. The fly ignored the
lion and continued saying “buzz!
black fly’s fault!” said the lion. But the
black fly answered back. “Buzz! Buzz!
Buzz!” said the fly.
say was, “Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!” To this day,
flies all around the world can only say,
“Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!”
decided to punish him. “Black Fly!” he
bellowed. “Since you refuse to answer,
I shall take away your power to talk.”
that had caused all the trouble had
been punished. And so she agreed
to once again call the sun to begin
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