Swahili Tales/The Lioness and the Antelope

THE LIONESS AND THE ANTELOPE.

In old times there was a lioness, and she was with young, and bore a cub. And when she had borne her cub, she was seized with hunger seven days. And she said, "I will go outside and look for food." And when she went outside she saw an antelope feeding. And she crept up to it. And the antelope turned its head and saw the lioness, and said to her, "Welcome, cousin!" And the lioness was ashamed, so that she did not seize it; it had turned her by making her its cousin.