A wealthy man decided to go on a safari in Africa. He took his
faithful dog along for company. One day the dog starts chasing
butterflies and before long the dog discovers that he is lost. Then, while
wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with
the obvious intention of having lunch. The dog thinks, "Oh boy, I'm in deep
doo doo now."
Then he notices some bones lying nearby on the ground and immediately settles
down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat.
Just as the leopard is about to leap, the dog exclaims loudly,
"Lordy, that was one delicious leopard. I wonder if there are any
more around here?"
Hearing this the leopard halts his attack in mid stride, and slinks
away into the trees. "Whew", says the leopard. "That was close.
That dog nearly had me."
Meanwhile, a monkey who had been watching the whole scene from a
nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and
trade it for protection from the leopard. So off he goes. But the
dog sees him heading off after the leopard and figures that
something is amiss and follows the monkey. The monkey soon catches
up with the leopard, spills the beans about the dog's ruse and
strikes a deal for himself with the leopard.
The leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says, "Hop on my
back, monkey, and see what's going to happen to that no good
conniving canine so-and-so."
Now the dog sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back, and
thinks, "Oh boy, it looks like I've really had it now." But instead
of running, the dog sits down with his back to the leopard and the
monkey and pretends that he hasn't seen them.
And just when they get close enough to hear him, the dog says,
"Where the hell is that monkey? I sent him off an hour ago to get me
another leopard and he's not back yet."