Summary: A hare takes a baboon with him to a village to find a companion. He shows the baboon a herb that he should get if his stomach hurts while eating. They get to the village and eat and before the feast begins his stomach “hurts” and the baboon fetches the herb and comes back to no food because the hare ate it, but he told the baboon plates were cleared. The baboon and hare plan to kill a goat and eat it, and when they do the baboon goes to sleep and the hare wipes the goat blood on the baboon who was framed and killed. The baboon’s friend, Jackal, heard about it and wanted revenge. He showed the hare a herb to get if his stomach hurt and while Jackal looked away the hare took the herb. So when it was time to eat, Jackal’s stomach hurt and he told the hare to fetch the herb which he just handed to him so they shared the meal. They then devise a plan to kill a goat and Jackal kept the blood on his hands to wipe on the hare, but the hare never fell asleep knowing what Jackal would do and the owner of the goat caught Jackal.
The moral of the story is that some people cannot be outwitted and be careful who you trust.
Author Unknown. “The Midnight Goat Thief.” ANIKE FOUNDATION, anikefoundation.org. Accessed on 13 May 2019.