The Elephant King and the Mice

The King of the Elephants was a wise ruler, with a kind heart.
When he led his elephants through the fields, they crushed many mice underfoot.
"Have mercy on us!" cried the mice, so the king ordered his elephants to spare the mice by taking a different path.
Later, elephant hunters came and caught the elephants in their snares.
"Help us!" the elephants shouted, and the mice came to their rescue. With their tiny teeth, they chewed through the ropes and freed the elephants from the snares.
So the elephants learned that even small friends can be great friends.

Inspired by: The Panchatantra, translated by Arthur Ryder.
Notes: Compare Aesop's fable where the mouse frees the lion from a snare: The Lion and the Mouse.

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