63. The King of the Doves



A hunter spread a net on the ground, covering it with grain.
When doves rushed to eat the grain, their feet were caught. The more they thrashed, the more tightly they were trapped.
"Be calm!" said the dove-king. "Use your wings instead."
Together, the doves flapped their wings and rose up, carrying the net, while the hunter shouted at them angrily.
The doves then flew to the home of their friend: a mouse.
"Help us, mouse!" said the dove-king, and the mouse chewed through the knots and freed all the doves from the net.
The moral: Cooperate, and be kind.

Inspired byThe Panchatantra, translated by Arthur Ryder.
Notes: It is in Book 2, Story 1.


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