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“You can lie out on the bare ground and look like a heap of pebbles. You can lie out on the naked rock and look like a piece of pudding-stone. You can lie out on a leafy branch and look like sunlight sifting through the leaves; and you can lie right across the centre of a path and look like nothing in particular. Think of that and purr!”…


This is from ‘How the Leopard got his Spots’, from Just So Stories.

At one time the Leopard lived on the greyish brown High Veldt. He had a greyish brown skin, and this helped him hide to catch his prey. Now he has moved to the forest, full of stripy speckledy shadows, and finds that he can’t catch anything at all. His friend the Ethiopian has suggested that he should change his skin to match, and he then has a beautiful time of it.