20. The Elephant-King and the Mice



The elephant-king was a wise ruler who had a kind heart.
When he led his elephants through the fields, they crushed many mice under their big feet.
"Have mercy!" cried the mice, so the elephant-king ordered all the elephants to spare the mice by taking a different path.
Later, elephant-hunters came and caught some of the elephants in snares.
"Help us!" the elephants shouted, and the mice all came to their rescue, using their tiny teeth to chew through the ropes and free the elephants from the snares.
Thus the elephants learned that even small friends can be great friends.

Inspired byThe Panchatantra, translated by Arthur Ryder. It is in Book 2, Story 9.
Notes: Compare Aesop's fable where the mouse frees the lion from a snare: The Lion and the Mouse.



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