Types ATU0002A The Buried Tail
Motifs K1021.1 buried tail
Gerber has Kaffir tale where fox gets hyena's food this way, and Harris notes parallel to Hlakanyana story.
Klipple and Thompson have additional versions.
Baer notes "except for Spain, no European country has recorded the tale. ... With this Old World distribution, one may conjecture the tale accompanied the spread of Islam in Spain and Africa."