Now there was one place left in the zodiac and the Emperor wondered when the last
winner would come. He had nearly given up when he heard a grunt from the boar.
'You took a long time to cross the river,' said the Emperor to the boar.
'I was hungry and stopped to eat,' explained the boar. 'After the
meal I felt so tired that I fell asleep.'
'You have still done well,' said the Jade Emperor. 'The last year
of the zodiac will be named after you.'
As for the cat who had been pushed into the water by the rat, he finally crawled
out of the water but was too late to have a year named after him. He felt very
cross with the rat and since then cats have never been friends with rats.
From that day to this the Chinese Zodiac has followed this cycle of years named
after these twelve animals.
Have you put in your birth date yet to see which one
you are supposed to be like?