How Did the Tiger get his Stripes?
This is the story of Tiger. Tiger was once the proudest animal of the jungle. He was even prouder than the peacock. Of course what Tiger was most proud of was his beautiful golden coat. But unfortunately for him, he did not have wisdom and was jealous that only Man seemed to possess it. So he approached Man and demanded that he give him his wisdom. Man then used his wisdom to outsmart Tiger, finding himself tied to a tree with a rope. While trying to escape, Tiger burns his coat on the rope, leaving permanent stripes on his beautiful golden coat.
How Pandas got Their Black Eyes
In China the giant panda is seen as a national treasure. The Chinese government has even given pandas as gifts to other countries governments. One Tibetan legend of the giant panda is about how they got their beautiful, and unusual black markings. One day as the shepherdesses where playing with a panda cub, a leopard leapt out of the bush and tried to attack the cub. The young shepherdesses threw themselves in front of the cub to save it and were killed by the leopard. All the pandas in the area were saddened by their deaths and held a memorial service to honor them and their bravery. As they wept for the shepherdesses, they wiped their eyes with their paws and as they did the ash spread and blackened their fur. The pandas did not wash the black off their fur as a way to remember the girls. To this day, pandas are covered with the black markings to always remember them by.