The monkey and the turtle were friends. One day, as they were out walking, they found an uprooted banana tree. They decided to take it and replant it. "Iíll take the top half and you take the bottom half," the wily monkey said to the turtle. He was already eyeing the big bunch of fruit on the upper half of the tree. He wanted those bananas all to himself.
"Okay, Iíll be glad to have the bottom half," the turtle answered.
The friends went their separate ways to plant their halves of the banana tree. The monkey also wanted to eat his bananas alone, thinking he got the better part of the deal. Alas, the monkeyís half of the plant did not grow. It withered and died. And so he did not have any more bananas to eat.
On the other hand, the turtleís half of the plant grew strong and healthy
and bore much fruit.
A few weeks later, the monkey chanced upon the turtle again. The turtle was glad to see him.
"Could you do me a favor?" asked the turtle. "You see, my banana tree bore fruit but I canít reach them. Could you climb the tree and get them for me? Iíd be glad to share the bananas with you."
"Of course," answered the wily monkey.
He went up the turtleís tree but did not hand down the bananas. Instead, he ate them all by himself while he was up there.
"Please give me my share of the bananas," cried the turtle.
But the monkey only laughed and munched away.
When the monkey finally came down after eating all the bananas, he couldnít find the turtle anywhere. Because he was so full, the monkey sat down on a coconut half-shell. His tail slipped into the hole in the shell. The monkey did not know that the turtle was hiding in the shell. When the turtle saw the monkeyís tail, he bit down on it.
"Ouch!" cried the monkey.
He jumped up and caught the turtle.
"Just for that, Iím going to roast you over the fire," said the enraged monkey.
"Oh, Iíd like that," answered the turtle. "Iíll finally get a rosy tan."
"Oh no, you wonít," said the monkey. "Iíll chop you into little pieces instead."
"That would be even better," answered the turtle. "Iíll multiply into several turtles."
"I wonít have that!" said the monkey. "I think Iíll just throw you into the river then."
"Oh, please donít do that!" cried the turtle. "I will surely drown."
"Then thatís exactly what Iím going to do," said the monkey. So he threw the turtle into the river.
The turtle laughed as he swam away. "Didnít you know that the river is my home?"
Adapted from a story written by Dr Jose Rizal
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