Tortoises Hunting Ostriches

: South-african Folk-tales

One day, it is said, the Tortoises held a council how they might hunt

Ostriches, and they said, "Let us, on both sides, stand in rows near

each other, and let one go to hunt the Ostriches, so that they must flee

along through the midst of us." They did so, and as they were many, the

Ostriches were obliged to run along through the midst of them. During

this they did not move, but, remaining always in the same places, called

each to the other, "Are you there?" and each one answered, "I am here."

The Ostriches hearing this, ran so tremendously that they quite

exhausted their strength, and fell down. Then the Tortoises assembled

by-and-by at the place where the Ostriches had fallen, and devoured