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This story is so very old that the only witnesses are dust and ashes long ago. In those days, the first men  that walked upright shared the Okavango, and, as they were new to the area, seeing a cheetah trapping a prey was a wonderful show to them.
The Cheetah were then much more robust than today, they had the classic belly of the big cat and he was so much alike their cousins the leopards, which was very easy to mix up, but man, that young and strange animal, for some reason, he preferred them .
One afternoon when Cheetah devoured the remains of a gazelle, one of those strange animals newcomers, the men, he said with admiration:
– What a beautiful race you’ve done, Cheetah, you certainly deserve to enjoy that delicious gazelle!
Cheetah was a little confused. What did the newcomer say? Cheetah had done nothing that leopards, lions and hyenas do not do every day: get their food.
“It’s nothing,” growled Cheetah, just hungry.
– Nothing! But if you ran like the wind! – the man flattered him.
Cheetah was very satisfied and that night when the herd was about to sleep, he told the story in detail.
The herd was as confused as him, but the next day, when the king of black hair  struck a young zebra and  roared hard to alienate the cheetah, one of them, in anger, replied:
“Do you know, Lion, that man has made it clear that no one runs after a prey so beautifully like us”.
And as animal love  gossips, in  a week or so , everyone around the Okavango knew that only  cheetah run like the wind to catch their prey.
The competition was unleashed. There was’nt a large cat that did not take his mornings to practice to the long runs and afternoon naps were abandoned as everyone strove to be the best runner.
However, there was no consensus. The leopards were convinced of being the best, the cheetah had in his favor with the testimony of men, but the Lions claimed to be the best and who could be so foolish to oppose them? Perhaps the lions were not good runners, but could anyone doubt  about how powerful were its claws and jaws?
So they turned to be simple.
“We will ask the man who decides – agreed feline families.
And that strange animal that moved on two legs, Man, came in, noted, come back and continued watching. Finally the man spoke:
“You are all good hunters. The lion is the most powerful, the leopard is the best climber, but surely only the cheetah runs like the wind.
The war was declared. Leopards failed to greet his cousins and lions immediately granted them the dubious honor of leading the pack of their favorite prey.
Now the cheetah not only needed to run to catch their prey, but mainly for his life from the fury of the lion.
One day the cheetah were more depressed than usual, The Nature managed to pass by. She stopped to observe the exercises of the cheetah  when they ran after an antelope  and when they began to rest, spoke up:
“Maybe I could teach you some things”.
As soon as they demanded her advice, as The  Nature made them a list of exercises needed to lengthen legs and tails, a diet to lose weight and a  piece of advise that nobody asked.
-Concentrate on short distances. With those legs, you would be good sprinters.
The cheetah understood little or nothing, but truth was that they were hungry and were tired of living besides hiding from lions. That morning began their workouts and lowered the amount of calories consumed daily.
Soon they had their stomach removed and had  long, powerful legs. From running, their backs had become a striking curved and the tail had developed long and powerful and served them as a stabilizing rudder in the race.
When the cheetah  felt sure of winning any competition, sent an emissary to challenge the lions and leopards.
-We will compete in the savanna, the first to catch an antelope is the winner, agreed to the cats. 
And they asked the man to be judge of the competition.
On the very  day, the leopard spent much of the day trying to catch an old wildebeest, until he finally gave up and climbed the nearest acacia to watch the developments.
The lion lay down to nap, but not before ordering the lionesses of his pack to take charge of dinner. Females planned an ambush and caught a big buffalo on which they toiled until he had left but  bones picked clean.
Man was boring. What a waste of time! “This was the least competitive I have ever seen!” he said. He was about to return to the village when  Cheetah came in. He was thin and their large padded paws were gliding over the grass like velvet.
“Wait, man, – he said, you owe me your opinion”. 
He sat at short distance until he saw a herd of Grant gazelles  to come closer. Cheetah stood against the wind not to be sniffed and fixed his eyes on an anaware, careless  gazelle   in there, boasting of being a good catch.
Suddenly he lunged forward and ran like a cloudscape towards its goal. The gazelle flew like a shadow, but the distance shortened untill  soon there was no way to avoid the meeting. A single blow and dinner was ready.
Man, admired, came over to where the Cheetah share his food with the rest of the family. Cautiously, he stayed at a safe distance and then said.
“Don’t know what you’ve done Cheetah, but now that your belly is gone, and your legs are longer, now you run like the wind and nobody can reach you”.
The Cheetah reported throughout the Okavango the words of man, but they were very careful not to say that they were specialized in short races for the lion thought he could never catch them. So when after his run he’s out of breath on the grass, hiding so no one knows, he only reappears when he is able to breathe  again.   

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Considerando a una serie de nuevos lectores estamos intentando traducir nuestros zoocuentos al inglés. Pedimos disculpas por los errores cometidos. No es fácil.

Considering a serie of new readers we are trying to translate our zoo tales into english.  Please try and forgive our mistakes, it’s no easy.

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2579764823_089007ba4aA long, long time ago, when hunting in the mountains, the first Emperor of China discovered the place was the homeland of enormous black and white bears, and contrary to the popular belief around the world he considered it the most beautiful animal ever.

So astonished he was that the Emperor built a splendid palace in the mountains not to lose a day in the life of pandas.

Gradually he began to make friends with them. He went for walks in the woods, let them fruits and vegetables, issued and edict banning hunting and assuring their protection, he kept the Imperial Guard for their safety and watched them daily.

As he walked around in the cold season, the Emperor realized that their beloved pandas lacked sufficient food, so he sent for his star cook from Beijing and bestowed him the title of Chef of the Celestial Empire Pandas.

After much testing, the cook of the Empire came to the conclusion that the best thing for pandas was eating chopsuei everyday and cooked in the large woks of the Palace vegetable chopsuei and then distributed it in the forest to pandas fed at home. The Emperor was so happy to see them satisfied so he wanted to eat  the same and sat on silk cushions to eat with his ivory chopsticks this newly chopsuei served in his golden bowl.

But his majesty became a little bored of this vegetarian chopsuei. He had sacrificed shrimps, chiken and pork so he wanted a small change and the Chef of the Celestial Empire added to chopsuei delicious bamboo shoots.

At the very moment that pandas tried and eat bamboo, they began to dig into the dishes to choose from the outbreaks. They even  started some fights because no panda wanted to share.

The following days were a mess. Panda bears spent lunch time by throwing chopsuei to other pandas  head for the last bamboo shoot and lost  lots of food while they were hungry and grumpy.

The Emperor, a wise man, decided that to fix the problem chopsuei will include fifty percent of bamboo  shoots and he announced that he would help serve the new food to pandas himself.

The Emperor of the Celestial Empire came in in his silk robe embroidered in gold thread and behind him came the Chef of the Celestial Empire in a rare gesture of deference to the most beautiful animal ever existed.

But pandas were outraged. How could those delicious bamboo shoots had been contaminated with carrots, onions, mushrooms and worse of all, cauliflowers! Just  finishing bamboo shoots they began to  throw the chopsuei to everyone’s head and one of them had the brilliant idea of turning the wok over the head of his Imperial Majesty.

The Emperor was furious, dripping soy sauce and chopped vegetables climbed into his car and inmediately ordered to return to Beijing. Never again wanted to  hear about pandas.

The palace of the mountains  was demolished to the last part and each one of the bricks used in its construction was moved to Shanghai  where it was sayed the Great Sea Serpent had recently been seen. His Majesty wanted to check with their own eyes  and when he came to settle in his new palace by the sea the Imperial Sampan was already waiting for him.

The pandas, discredited, were forgotten. That winter pandas were so hungry they were seen  licking the  dishes where the chef used to serve chopsuei in the good old times.

Finally, one of them, in dispair, climbed a tree to see if the lunch  was coming on the road.

Just get up, he discovered some little green leaves   that seemed atractive, he tried and tested and soon  all pandas  were eating as much bamboo as they could. Thanks to this diet, three thousands  years later they  were on the brink of extinction, but a careful chinese work  sponsored by the government  has set out to reverse the situation.

Sometimes a silly panda has the idea of demanding a bowl of chopsuei, but not enough to open his mouth when his colleagues  have pulled  a clump of bamboo on his head.

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