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Pada suatu hari anjing rakus itu merasa lapar sekali. Ia berlari kesana-kemari mencari makanan. Di dekat pasar si rakus mencuri sepotong daging. Daging itu digigitnya dan dibawa pulang.
Anjing itu berjalan melalui jembatan kecil di atas sungai. Air sungai itu sangat jernih. Anjing itu melihat ke bawah. Bayangannya tampak jelas.
Si rakus mengira ada anjing lain yang menggigit daging juga...dengan cepat ia melompat ke dalam air. Ia mau merebut daging itu.
Daging yang dimulutnya terlepas, dan hanyut dibawa air. Ternyata tidak ada anjing lain. Yang diserangnya itu hanya bayangannya sendiri. Si rakus basah kuyup. Dengan susah payah ia naik ke darat. Si rakus pulang dengan lesu. Perutnya makin lapar.
One day the greedy dog was very hungry. The dog ran around looking for food. Near the marketplace, the greedy dog stole a piece of meat. The dog bit the meat and carried it home.
On its way home, the dog went through a small bridge over a creek. The water was very clear. The dog looked at the river below and saw clearly a dog's shadow on the water.
The greedy dog thought that there was another dog carrying a piece of meat...quickly the dog jumped into the water. The dog wanted to have the "other dog's" meat.
(In doing so) the dog lost the piece of meat from its mouth. The piece of meat was carried away by the river. There was no other dog. The one it had attacked was its own shadow. The greedy dog was soaking wet and with great difficulties reached the shore. The greedy dog went home sluggishly. Its stomach was getting even hungrier...
Reference: Bahasa Indonesia Belajar Membaca dan Menulis 2C, PN Balai Pustaka, Jakarta 1985