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Stories of Animals, Fantastic and Mundane, Edited By Andrew Lang

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GERARD, THE LION HUNTER             75
The lion began to laugh ; ' I should think so ! ' said he.
But the first time the lion captured a sheep he was much surprised to find that he could not throw it over his shoulder, as he did with far larger and heavier animals, but had to drag it along the ground. This was the result of his proud boasting, and of forgetting to say,
as he did about the larger animals : ' By the aid of Allah! '
Ever since then the lions have been obliged to drag any sheep they may capture along the ground, leaving a track after them.
So you see why I felt sure of being able to track my game later on. Well, I had hardly regained my tent
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