When the tortoise was sure that the Fowl was home, he followed the trail of ashes to the hole, and returned at the foot of the iroko tree. He dug, took the three bags of money from the hole, and he returned home.
During the next meeting, all the beasts decided they had collected enough money to start building the parliament. One of them turned to their treasurer and said, “we will gather again in the next five days. Please the Fowl bring the bags of money to that meeting.” Early in the morning of the fifth day the Fowl wnt to the iroko tree to dig for the money. She dug and dug and dug and sweat poured down to the ground from all parts of her body. But she could not find the money. She wept bitterly and staggered to back to her house in tears and despair. She did not have the nerve to go to the meeting empty-handed. In the meantime all the beasts had grown impatient waiting for the Fowl to arrive and decided to shift the meeting to her house. When the beasts arrived, the Fowl tearfully told them what happened. The Tortoise abused the Fowl and urged that she be beaten to death. after much debate it was decided that the Fowl should be given more time to look for the money. The Fowl returned to the forest to search for the money. She did not find it. To this day her offspring are still scratching the earth looking for the missing money. the End.