Why Froggy Has Bulging Eyes African Folktale
Why Froggy Has Bulging Eyes.
As the ancestors say, one day Leopard chased rabbit to the mouth of his hole, and then began to dig Rabbit out with his claws, but was not able to do so; and seeing a Frog, he said, "You are very strong, are you not?"
"Very well," said the Leopard; "just watch this hole, and, whatever you do, you must not let Rabbit get out while I go home for a hoe to dig him out of his hole."
The Leopard went off, and the Frog sat down to watch the Rabbits hole.
By and by the Rabbit came to the mouth of the hole eating some peanuts.
"Uncle Rabbit," said the Frog, "give me some of what you are eating."
"Open your eyes wide, and come close," replied Rabbit, and at once he changed the peanuts in his mouth for some red pepper, and when the Frog came near enough, he blew the pepper right into his eyes.
Frog fell over in pain, and ran straight to a pond to wash the red pepper out of his eyes.
Rabbit took the opening to escape from his hole into the forest when the Frog hopped away to wash the pepper out of his eyes.
From that, day the Frog's eyes have bulged out as he is always trying to wash the pepper out of his eyes.