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2: How the bear lost his tail

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The bear (wolf) is persuaded to fish with his tail through a hole in the ice. His tail freezes fast. When he is attacked and tries to escape, he loses his tail.


2A. The Buried Tail

Dupe's tail is buried or hair tied. He is then attacked.

2B. The Basket Tied to the Wolf's Tail

2C. Bear Persuaded to Jump over Fire

2D. Wolf – Bear – Persuaded to Turn in Wind


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Text titleATULanguageAuthorOriginPublication Date
The Fox and the Lapp1,2EnglishAndrew LangFinland1904

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Reinaerts historie (Reinaert II) vers 6239-6379 2 Netherlands 1479 Nederlandse VolksverhalenBank
Reynard and Bruin 2 European Internet Archive
The Wolf and the Fox 2 French Internet Archive
Waarom de beren geen staart hebben. 2 Netherlands 1900 Nederlandse VolksverhalenBank
Waarom de beren geenen staert hebben? 2 Netherlands 1889 Nederlandse VolksverhalenBank
Weerom de bere gien steert hewwe 2 Netherlands 1900 Nederlandse VolksverhalenBank
Why the Bear is Stumpy-taIIed 2 Norse Internet Archive

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