Turtle said, "I've got a fever and my skin hurts all over.
I'm so sick with fever that I'm going to go to the bush to
look for roots to make a root tea."
"That sounds proper," says Mrs. Leopard.
"By the way, where is Mr. Leopard today" asked Mr. Turtle.
"He's out hunting" she replied. "You haven't seen him?"
"No, madam," Turtle replied. "I'm sorry he's far away,
because if he had been here, I'd go ride him like a horse."
This statement upset Mrs. Leopard, so Turtle went home. When
Mr. Leopard returned, Mrs. Leopard told him that Turtle said
he was going to ride him like a horse. Mr. Leopard went
wild, gnashed his teeth, growled, and went over to Turtle's
"So, you say you are going to ride me like a horse?!"
"No I did not!" said Turtle "I never said anything like
Leopard says, "All right then, let's go ask my wife."
Turtle replied "But I can’t walk. I am sick with fever all
"Okay, I'll give you a ride" Leopard replied.
And Turtle replied "Fever will make me fall. Get me a little
rope. I'll tie it around your mouth Mister Leopard. I'll
hold on to the rope so that when I shake with the fever, I
will not fall off of you."
Leopard got him the rope.
Then Turtle said, "Give me one little stick, Mister Leopard,
so that I can keep the flies from bothering either one of
Leopard got him the stick. And off they went, with Leopard
carrying Turtle, and Turtle bouncing but holding the rope,
and with Turtle flogging Leopard with the stick.
When they reached Leopard's home, his wife was waiting. She
pointed at Leopard and said, "Well, it's true. Turtle said
he was going to ride you like a horse, and he's doing just
that!" and she burst out laughing.
Leopard realized that he had been fooled, and he pushed
Turtle off his back. He was mad now. He grabbed the rope and
the stick and held Turtle tight. Then he found a bigger
stick, and flogged Turtle multiple times, and so hard that
the shell on his back had cuts all over it. That is why
turtle still has marks on his shell from the flogging he got