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The Tiger and the Zebra

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The tiger phoned the zebraand invited him to dine.He said "If you could join methat would simply be divine."The zebra said "I thank you,but respectfully decline.I heard you ate the antelope;he was a friend of mine."On hearing this the tiger cried"I must admit it's true!I also ate the buffalo,the llama and the gnu.And yes I ate the warthog,the gazelle and kangaroo,but I could never eat a creaturebeautiful as you."You see I have a secretI'm embarrassed to confide:I look on you with envyand a modicum of pride.Of all the creatures ever known,"the tiger gently sighed,"It seems we are the only twowith such a stripy hide."Now seeing how we share thisstrong resemblance of the skin,I only can conclude that we arejust as close as kin.This means you are my brotherand, though fearsome I have been,I could not eat my brother,that would surely be a sin."The zebra thought, and then replied"I'm certain you are right.The stripy coats we both possessare such a handsome sight!My brother, will you let mereconsider if I might?My calendar is empty soplease let us dine tonight."The tiger met the zebra inhis brand-new fancy carand drove him to a restaurantwhich wasn't very far.And when they both were seatedat a table near the bar,the zebra asked "What's on the grill?"The tiger said "You are.""But please, you cannot dine on me!"the outraged zebra cried."To cook me up and eat meis a thing I can't abide.You asked me for your trustand I unwarily complied.You said you could not eat menow you plan to have me fried?""And what about the envyand the modicum of pride?And what of us as brotherssince we share a stripy hide?""I'm sorry," said the tigerand he smiled as he replied,"but I love the taste of zebraso, in other words, I lied."

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