It’s Valentine’s Day in the animal kingdom. But Mr. Turtle owed a debt to Mr. Pig. Unable to settle his debt, he then set up a cunning strategy with the help of his charming wife. Read the whole story instead.
The tortoise had taken a goat from the pig on credit. The pig was thus frequent in the tortoise in order to quickly receive its money. But, the tortoise had no money to be able to pay his debt to the pig.
One day, February 14, the pig sent a warning message to the turtle, telling him that he was on his way again to come and get reimbursed in order to celebrate Valentine’s Day with his wife.
On D-Day, the tortoise gave the following instructions to his wife before the pig arrived. “If you see the pig coming, hurry to pick some herbs that you will start crushing on my shell”.
When Mrs. Tortoise saw the pig coming, she applied her husband’s instructions.
The pig did not notice that the alleged stone was only the turtle’s shell, he asked Mrs. Turtle.
Mistress, where is your partner? Asked him the pig
I don’t know where he went, she replied.
This answer made the pig very angry and he said:
“What does that mean? Me, your creditor, you dare refuse to reveal to me where your husband is and you content yourself with concocting medicine on this stone?
This is how the pig seizes the turtle believing that it is a stone to throw it violently towards the pile of garbage.
Mrs. Turtle having seen this burst into tears complaining:
“I told you that I didn’t know where my husband was, but you attacked me”. Now you threw my precious stone in the forest! You will pay me!
So the tortoise headed for the forest, took a shortcut, and reappeared in his own yard where he found the pig standing and his wife crying.
Why are you crying? he asked his wife
“Isn’t it because of the pig that threw my precious stone into the bush?” she replied.
The tortoise then threatened the pig.
Find my wife’s gemstone quickly, or I won’t pay you back.
The pig began to look for the stone where he had thrown it but found nothing. He therefore began to dig the ground as he does until today, in search of the stone which he never found.
“When you meet a cunning person, do not intimidate him”
It is since this day that the pigs began by digging the ground, the mud with their muzzle.
SRCE: African Tales