The Rabbit and the Jaguar

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The Rabbit and the Jaguar

A Mexican folk tale told by David Heathfield


There lived once, an old man and an old woman. And all they had in the world was one rabbit and one jaguar.
They kept the rabbit in a cage.
One day, the Jaguar came to the cage: ‘Oh, Rabbit..? Conejo..? The old man and the old woman are preparing a pan of hot water. They are going to boil you. They are going to eat you. They are going to give some to me.’  
‘Oh no,’ said Conejo. ‘No indeed. They are going to make hot chocolate. And if you come in the cage with me, they will bring some for you, Jaguar.’
Jaguar opened the door of the cage and slinked inside. With a hop and a skip, Rabbit was out of the cage and away th