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SELAH STORY: THE PRESUMPTUOUS CAT OWNER

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A cat was so faithful that its owner – a woman could leave her baby with it and go out to attend other matters. She always returned to find the child soundly asleep with the cat faithfully watching over him.

One day something tragic happened. The woman as usual, left the baby in the “hands” of this faithful cat and went out shopping. When she returned, she discovered a nasty scene, there was a total mess. The baby’s cot was dismantled; his nappies & clothes torn to shreds with blood stains all over the bedroom where she left the child and the cat.

Shocked, the woman wailed as she began looking for the baby. All of a sudden, she saw the faithful cat emerging from under the bed. It was covered with blood and licking its mouth as it had just finished a delicious meal. The woman went berserk & assumed that the cat had devoured her baby.

Without much thought she beat the cat with a wood to death. But as she continued searching for the”remains” of her child, she beheld another scene. Close to the bed was the baby, who although lying bare on the floor, was safe & under the bed the body of a snake torn to pieces in what must have been a fierce battle between it & the cat, which was now dead.

Then reality dawned on the woman who now began to understand what took place in her absence. The cat fought to protect the baby from the ravenous snake.

It was too late for her now to make amends because in her impatience and anger, she had killed the faithful cat.

Alex Amos
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