The three brothers were artists. They dressed up as animals and committed their art on the lonely highways near their home. Wayward travellers and hitchhikers were their subjects. They played to an audience of only farmyard animals, but the joy was in the creative act itself.
The major motif in all their works was transformation, of the self and of the subject.
The eldest brother dressed as a bear. His was the art of acting. He snared their subjects, hypnotised them with his performances, and brought them home.
The second brother, dressed as a cheetah, would begin work by changing the subjects in fundamental ways. The preliminary exhibition would be held in the barn, with the subjects hung up for display next to the table on which the artist conducted his work. For the brothers, the process was as interesting as the result, and the second brother would explain how he did what he did, and would helpfully point out the tools he had used.
The youngest brother dressed as a crocodile. His work was the most transformative of all. He helped the subjects transcend the base humanity of their lives and become other. He was the cook.