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Thursday, October 24, 2002 Duck, duck, noose: The sniper's cryptic reference to "a duck with his head in a noose" apparently stems from a Cherokee folk tale about a rabbit hunting for prey who wasn't as clever as he thought. Another telling is here.
Now the Rabbit did not have anywhere near the ability in water that the Otter had. And it was a struggle for him to reach the ducks un-noticed, but he managed to do so and came up among the remaining six ducks. He quickly fastened his noose around the neck of the closest duck. Startled, the duck began to struggle to get away and finally took of on his wings and dragged the Rabbit out of the water after him...
He held on to the noose and was taken high into the air. Higher and higher he went. All of a sudden, he lost his grip on the noose and down he fell into the middle of a old hollow Sycamore tree with out a hole in the bottom to get out. Now the Rabbit was in a fix. He stayed in there so long that he had to start eating his own fur, as rabbits still do to this day when they are starved.
Looks like the rabbit -- or Moose -- in this case may have the last laugh. Here's hoping.