Manx Fairy Tales: How the Manx Cat Lost Her Tail

Manx Fairy Tales: How the Manx Cat Lost Her Tail

When Noah was calling the animals into the Ark, there was one cat who was out mousing and took no notice when he was calling to her. She was a good mouser, but this time she had trouble to find a mouse and she took a notion that she wouldn't go into the Ark without one.

So at last, when Noah had all the animals safe inside, and he saw the rain beginning to fall, and no sign of her coming in, he said:

"Who's out is out, and who's in is in!"

And with that he was just closing the door when the cat came running up, half drowned - that's why cats hate the water - and just squeezed in, in time. But Noah had slammed the door as she ran in and it cut off her tail.

That cat said:

Bee bo bend it,
My tail's ended,
And I 'll go to Mann
And get copper nails,
And mend it.

Source:  Sophia Morrison - Manx Fairy Tales, London 1911