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Posted on 04/30/2015


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Old Man Coyote and the Flood

Old Man Coyote and the Flood
Many stories about Old Man Coyote are still told to children by the American Indian people.

Once before he created humans and the other animals, Old Man Coyote was almost caught in a sudden flood. He rushed up the highest mountain but the flood lapped right behind him. Soon he was on the summit, standing on tiptoes, barely keeping his face out of the water.

He felt all his fleas collecting on his forehead. "Ha!" thought Old Man Coyote. "At least I can get rid of my fleas." He summoned all of his powers, lowered his head in the water and swished here, swished there. Back and forth, back and forth. He stayed underwater all afternoon.

Finally he had to stick his head out for air. Crossing his eyes a little, he looked along his own snout to his own black nose, and there were two of his fleas, holding each other and dancing and waving back at him.

Other tales in my album, Speaking of Death Valley.

Lorenzo Kjell Salmonson, fifi, Clint, RQ 01012015 and 3 other people have particularly liked this photo


7 comments - The latest ones
Rabbitroundtheworld
Rabbitroundtheworld
Nice story!
2 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Beautiful wildlife image.
2 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
I've heard that coyotes and foxes actually get rid of their fleas that way. Don't know if that's true but you've posted a great picture with a great story.
2 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Love it Laurie !!
2 years ago.
slgwv
slgwv
Great capture of a coyote!
2 years ago.
Clint
Clint
I love coyotes, and I know we have them here, all over our city parks. I saw a pair once in the middle of the night, skulking through Lincoln Park as if they owned the place. Which they do. I tried to get a picture, but they were too fast for me.
2 years ago.
David Goulart
David Goulart
my last morning up on sheldon last week i was out walking an old road when i looked off and saw one with it's head up watching me. when it saw that i saw it, it took off running but kept stopping and looking back. later on the way back to camp i heard them yipping off in the distance. once i realized it was coyotes and not a family with kids that had moved into the campground it was music to my ears.
2 years ago.