The Kingfisher and the Crocodile
It was late afternoon and the Ethiopian sun was beginning to set. The kingfisher was hungry, but it found itself flying over a swamp with no trees, only reeds. Suddenly a crocodile raised its ugly snout above the murky waters and the kingfisher immediately landed on the crocodile’s nose.
Of course the crocodile, also hungry, opened its great jaws in order to eat the bird, but the kingfisher calmly flew away. The crocodile closed its mouth, the kingfisher landed again, the great beast opened its mouth and the bird flew away. This went on for a while until the kingfisher spoke.
“We could continue this game forever, but it’s getting dark. Let’s do this. You let me sit on your ugly snout in order to catch fish, and I will give you half of the fish I catch.” The crocodile nodded in agreement, and the sunset fishing experiment began. The kingfisher caught a lot of fish and kept his word, daintily placing every other fish in the beast’s mouth, as if it were feeding a baby.
They didn’t notice that the sun had finally disappeared and the full moon was rising. It was too late for the kingfisher to fly away, so it stayed all night, perched on the scaly snout of the crocodile. And so began their strange relationship. The bird would come every afternoon, catch fish from the nose of the crocodile, share the fish and spend the night sleeping on the ugly snout of the great beast.