A snake and a rabbit were racing along a pair of forest pathways one day, when they collided at a crossing.
They immediately began to argue with one another as to who was at fault for the accident.
The snake claimed that he had been blind since birth, and should be given the benefit of the doubt.
The rabbit replied he had been blind since birth also.
The two animals then forgot about the collision and began discussing the problems of being blind.
The snake said that his greatest regret was the loss of his identity.
He had never been able to see his reflection in the water, so he did not know exactly what he looked like, or even what he was.
The rabbit declared that he had the same problem.
Agreeing on a way that they could help each other, the rabbit proposed that one feel the other from head to toe, and then try to describe what the other animal was.
The snake went along with the suggestion, and started by winding himself around the rabbit.
After a few moments, he announced, “You’ve got very soft, fuzzy fur, long ears, big rear feet, and a little fuzzy ball for a tail. I think that you must be a bunny rabbit!”
The rabbit was much relieved to find his identity, and proceeded to return the favor to the snake.
After feeling about the snake’s body for a few minutes, he said:
“Well, you’re scaly, you’re slimy, you’ve got beady little eyes, you squirm and slither all the time, and you’ve got a forked tongue.”
“You’re must be a politician!”