Makwa (the bear) had a beautiful bushy tail. He was so proud of it and would wave it around in the faces of all the other animals. Waagosh (the fox) was jealous of Makwa, because he too had a lovely tail, but it was nowhere near as nice as Makwa’s tail was.
One day, Waagosh decided that he was sick of Makwa and his tail. He went ice fishing and soon has a very large catch. Soon, Makwa came walking by, swishing his tail proudly. Makwa was hungry and noticed that Waagosh had a very nice string of nice fish. Makwa asked him, “Friend Waagosh. How did you catch so many fish?” Waagosh told him that he used his tail. He simply put his tail in the ice hole and wagged it around until a fish bit it, then he would take it out and catch the fish. Makwa was impressed and figured that since his tail was so much nicer than Waagosh’s tail, he would be able to catch so many more.
Waagosh helped Makwa cut a hole in the ice and Makwa dropped his tail in the cold water. Waagosh told Makwa, “It might take a while for the fish to bite. Even though your tail might get cold, you must keep it in the water. Once you feel a big fish bite it you must pull quickly!”
After about an hour, Makwa finally felt a fish bite on his tail. He gave a great tug and felt a great pain. His tail had become frozen in the ice and had broken off when he pulled. He lost his beautiful tail, and now all the bears have short stubby tails, while the fox alone has a beautiful, bushy tail to swish around.
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