Why Flies Buzz
Why Flies Buzz 1
Publication Information

The Lion King: A Nature Fun and Learn Series




Rafiki Remembers


1995 – 1997



Story Guide

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Remember, lion cubs, it is always wiser to admit to your mistakes and say you're sorry.

Why Flies Buzz is a story from the Rafiki Remembers magazine collection. It was published in the 1990s as part of The Lion King: A Nature Fun and Learn Series.


While Monkey is collecting coconuts in a tree, Fly lands on his nose, tickling it and causing Monkey to drop his coconut. Monkey shouts a warning to his sister, who is below the tree, and she leaps back, stepping on a sleeping snake. Snake is jarred awake and slithers into a hole, scaring off a rat, who scurries up an acacia tree.

Little Bird, thinking that Rat is after her eggs, starts squawking and flapping her wings, which causes Elephant to believe that a fire has started. He takes off into the brush, trumpeting, and bumps into a termite mound that falls onto Bush-fowl's nest, crushing her eggs. For days, Bush-fowl grieves the loss of her eggs and doesn't wake early enough to arouse the sun.

When the sun does not rise, the animals grow worried and call to the Great Spirit in the Sky, who questions Bush-fowl. She explains what had happened, and the Great Spirit tracks the story all the way back to Monkey, who blames Fly for having tickled his nose. The Great Spirit confronts Fly, but Fly refuses to admit his guilt, which leads the Great Spirit to punish Fly by taking his speech.

After the incident, Bush-fowl hatches more eggs, and the animals go about their lives. Fly, however, does not speak; he only buzzes.