Old Man Coyote Did A Little Thinking
Today, let’s find out how Old Man Coyote did a little thinking. A coyote is otherwise called Canis Latrans.
The coyote comes from the dog or canine family. It is a native of North America. It is smaller than the wolf, which is its close relative; and slightly smaller than the closely related eastern wolf and red wolf.
Reddy and Granny Fox had eaten the dinner belonging to Bowser the Hound
Last time, we saw that Reddy and Granny Fox had been naughty and had stolen Bowser’s dinner. Now stealing is bad because it takes away something that belongs to somebody else.
Reddy Fox had never enjoyed a dinner more than the one that he and Granny had stolen from Bowser the Hound. Of course, it would have tasted delicious anyway, because they were so hungry.
The food tasted better to Reddy because it had been intended for Bowser. Bowser had hunted him so often that Reddy had no love for him at all.
Reddy thought it was hilarious that they had eaten Bowser’s dinner
Reddy thought it was very hilarious that they had taken Bowser’s dinner from under his nose.
With that good dinner in their stomachs, Reddy and Granny Fox felt so much better. The Great World no longer seemed to be such a cold and cruel place.
It’s funny how differently things look when your stomach is full. Things look bleak when one’s stomach is empty.
Best of Reddy and Granny Fox now knew that they could play the same sharp trick again if they needed to. It is a comforting feeling, a very comforting feeling, to know for a certainty where you can get another meal.
The forest animals hardly ever know where to find food in winter
Knowing where to find food is a feeling that Granny, Reddy Fox and many other little creatures of the Green Meadows and the Green Forest seldom have in winter.
As a rule, after they have eaten one meal, the forest creatures don’t have the faintest idea where the next one would come from.
Would you like to live that way?
Reddy and Granny Fox tried to repeat the trick the next day
The very next day Granny and Reddy went up to Farmer Brown’s at Bowser’s dinner hour. This time, however, Farmer Brown’s boy was working near the barn, and Bowser was not chained.
Granny and Reddy crept away as silently as they had arrived. On the following day, they discovered that Bowser was chained and stole another dinner from him.
They went away laughing until their sides ached as they heard Bowser’s whines of surprise and disappointment when he discovered that his dinner had vanished.
They knew by the sound of his voice that he didn’t have a clue why his dinner had disappeared.
Someone else in the forest was very hungry
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Now there was some one else roaming over the snow-covered meadows. He roamed through the Green Forest and the Old Pasture these days with a stomach so lean and empty that he couldn’t think of anything else. That someone was Old Man Coyote.
Old Man Coyote was very clever. He had managed to find enough food of one kind and another to keep him alive. In spite of that, he never ate enough to give him that comfortable feeling of a full stomach.
While he wasn’t actually starving, Old Man Coyote was always hungry. When he wasn’t sleeping, he spent all of his time hunting for something to eat.
Of course Old Man Coyote often ran across the tracks of Granny and Reddy Fox, and once in a while he would meet them. It struck Old Man Coyote that they didn’t seem as thin as he was.
That set him to thinking. Neither of them was a smarter hunter than he. In fact, he prided himself on being smarter than either of them. Yet when he met them, they seemed to be in the best of spirits and not at all worried that food was so scarce.
Old Man Coyote wondered about that! There must be a reason. They must be getting food somewhere that he knew nothing about!
Old Man Coyote decided to spy on Reddy and Granny Fox
“I’ll just keep an eye on them,” muttered Old Man Coyote.
Old Man Coyote began to follow Granny and Reddy Fox in a very sly and clever manner. He took great care to avoid detection. He did not want them to suspect that he was following him.
One night Old Man Coyote followed Reddy and Granny Fox through the Green Forest and over the Green Meadows. When at last he saw them go home, appearing not to be worried about lack of food, he trotted off to his own home to do some more thinking.
When he got home, Old Man Coyote muttered to himself, as he scratched one ear, then the other:
“They are getting food somewhere, that is sure.”
Somehow he could think better when he was scratching his ears:
“If they don’t get that food in the night, and they certainly didn’t get anything this night, they must get it in the daytime…”
“I’ve done considerable hunting myself in the daytime, and I haven’t once met them in the Green Forest or seen them on the Green Meadows or up in the Old Pasture…”
“… I wonder if they are stealing Farmer Brown’s hens and haven’t been found out yet. I’ve kept away from there myself, but if they can steal hens and not be caught, I certainly can…”
“No fox has been smarter than a Coyote! I think I’ll slip up to Farmer Brown’s and spy out what is going on up there. Yes, Sir, that’s what I’ll do.”
With that, Old Man Coyote grinned and then curled himself up for a short nap, because he was tired.
Investigate and for yourself find out
Those things which most you want to know about.
—Old Granny Fox.