Narrator: One very cold day in winter, a fox saw some men taking home a load of fish.
Man 1: Wow, today we caught a lot of fish. Don´t you think so?
Man 2: Yes, it was a good day for us. Come on, let´s hurry up, I am hungry.
Narrator: The fox jumped upon the wagon while the men were not looking.
Fox: It´s time to throw out some of the best fish. Today I will have a very good dinner.
Narrator: Then Mr. Fox jumped from the wagon and began to eat the fish.
Fox: This fish is deliciouss. It´s the best I have ever tried! I think I will do this more often.
Narrator: While he was eating the fish, Mr. Bear came along.
Bear: Good morning, you have had good luck fishing today. Those are very fine fish. How did you catch them?
Fox: They are fine fish. If you will go fishing with me to-night, I will show you how to catch even better fish than these.
Bear: I will go with you gladly. I will bring my hook and line too.
Fox: You don’t need a hook and line. I always catch fish with my tail. You have a much longer tail than I, and can fish so much the better.
Narrator: At sunset the bear met the fox. They went across the frozen river until they came to a small hole in the ice.
Fox: Now, Mr. Bear. sit down here on the ice and put your tail through the hole. You must keep still for a long while. That is the best way to catch fish. Wait until a great many fish take hold of your tail. Then pull with all your might.
Narrator: The bear sat very still for a long time. At last he began to feel cold and he moved a little.
Bear: Ow! My tail is frozen! It is not time to pull out the fish?
Fox: No, no. Wait until more fish have taken hold of your tail. You are very strong. You can wait a little longer.
Narrator: So the poor bear waited until it was almost morning. Just then some dogs began to bark on the bank of the river.
Bear: I hear some dogs barking and they are coming this way. I have to pull out my tail.
Narrator: But he pulled and pulled.
Bear: Oh no, my tail is frozen. Uff! I have to pull harder!
Narrator: So he pulled and pulled until at length the tail was broken short off.
Bear: Oh no, my tail!
Fox: Ha, ha, ha ! This is so funny!
Bear: Don´t laugh! You tricked me, this is all your fault!
Fox: Oops! Ha, ha, ha , I have to get away before he gets me!
Narrator: And the Fox ran away laughing and laughing at the trick he had played on Mr. Bear. Bears’ tails have been short ever since.
Author: Native American Indian Legend
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