The Lion and the Mouse


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Once upon a time, there lived a lion who ruled the forest. One day, after eating his meal, the lion fell asleep under a tree. A little mouse saw that and thought it would be fun to play on the lion, and he began running up and down. The sleeping lion woke-up, and he grabbed the mouse with his huge paw. 

The mouse struggled but could not escape the lion’s big jaws that could swallow him. The mouse said- “Ohh king, I am very scared. Please do not eat me; forgive me this time, please let me go. I'll never forget this. I might be able to help you someday.”

The Lion grabbing the mouse

The lion was so pleased by the idea of the mouse saying that he would be able to help him. He lifted his paw and let the mouse go. 

“Thank you, King. I will never forget your kindness”, cried the mouse. 

The lion roared, “you are lucky, my friend, that I had just finished eating my meal. Now go on and don't mess with me again, or I will make a meal out of you.”

A few days later, when the lion was roaming the jungle, hunters set a trap to catch the lion. The hunters hid behind the tree, waiting for the lion to approach the trap. 

As he did, the hunters pulled the ropes uncommon on it. The lion started to yell loudly and tried to escape. The hunters went back to the village to bring a cart to transport the lion. 

The lion was still yelling loudly. All the animals, including the mouse, heard the yell. The mouse saw the lion in trouble, and thought “I must return the favor.” 

He soon reached the lion and said, “don't worry, my King, I will set you free.” 

He climbed up the trap and used his little shot teeth to bite through the ropes. Finally, he set the lion free from the trap. 

The mouse setting the lion free from the trap

The lion realized that even a little mouse could be a great help.

“Thank You, My friend !! I will never trouble you again. We'll live happily in my forest.” Said the lion.

“Ahh, where are you going? Don't you want to play with me and slide down my tail?” asked the lion. The mouse started jumping on his back and was sliding down his tail. 

After a while, the hunters came back with a big cart to carry the lion. 

The lion and the mouse saw them and started running towards them. The lion roared loudly. The terrified hunters ran back to the village.

The lion and the mouse became friends forever!!

Moral of The Lion and The mouse- “Don’t judge people by their physical appearance.” The lion thought that the mouse couldn’t help him because of its sheer small size. But at the end of the day, the mouse turned out to be of actual help to the king of the forest.