One day a
Lion lay asleep in the jungle. Suddenly a tiny Mouse ran over the
Lion's head and down his nose.
The Lion awoke with a loud roar, and down came his paw over the
little Mouse. The great beast was about to open his huge jaws to
swallow the tiny creature. But the frightened Mouse cried, "Pardon
me, O King, I beg of you. If you will only forgive me this time, I
shall never forget your kindness. I meant no harm and I certainly
didn't want to disturb Your Majesty. If you will spare my life,
perhaps I may be able to do you a good turn, too."
The Lion began to laugh, and he laughed and laughed. "How could a
tiny creature like you ever do anything to help me? Oh well,"
he shrugged, looking down at the frightened Mouse, "you're not so
much of a meal anyway." He took his paw off the poor little prisoner
and the Mouse quickly scampered away.
Some time after this, some hunters, trying to capture the Lion alive
so they could carry him to their king, set up rope nets in the
jungle. The Lion, who was hunting for some food, fell into the trap.
Her roared and tried to free himself but with every move he made,
the ropes bound him tighter.
The unhappy Lion feared he could never escape, and he roared
pitifully. The tiny Mouse heard the Lion's roars. "That may be the
very Lion who once freed me," he said, remembering his promise. And
he ran to see whether he could help.
Discovering the sad state the Lion was in, the Mouse said to him, "Stop,
stop! You must not roar. If you make so much noise, the hunters will
come and capture you . I'll get you out of this trap."
With his sharp little teeth the Mouse gnawed at the ropes until they
broke. When the Lion had stepped out of the net and was free once
more, the Mouse said, "Now, was I not right?"
you, good Mouse," said the Lion gently. "You did help me even though
I am big and you are so little. I see now that kindness is always
Moral of the story: Even the strong sometimes
need the friendship of the weak.