Why Turtles Live in Water

Long ago, turtles used to live on land. But one day, a turtle was caught by some hunters. They took him to the village chief. He asked the hunters, “How shall we cook him?” The turtle was quick to answer, “You will have to kill me first and take me out of this shell.” The hunters decided to break the shell with sticks but the turtle stopped them. He asked, “Why don’t you throw me in the water and drown me?” So, they threw the turtle into the river. They were happy at drowning the turtle but suddenly the turtle emerged out of the water and shouted, “You fools! Look at me. I am alive and well. You cannot cook me. From now on, I will live in water only.” The poor hunters could do nothing and came back empty-handed.

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