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The Rabbit’s Revenge

Long, long ago a rabbit and a lion were neighbors. The lion was very proud, and was fond of boasting about his strength. And though they were such close neighbors, theblion looked down upon the rabbit, and used to bully and frighten her. Finally, the rabbit could stand it no longer and wanted to get her own back.

One day she went to the lion and said, “Good day, respected elder brother. Imagine it, I met an animal over there who looked exactly like you, and he said to me, ‘Is there anyone in the world who dares stand up on me? If there is no one, all of you have to submit to my rule and be my servants!'”

“Oh, he was an intolerable braggart! He is so puffed up with pride that his eyes can’t even light on anyone!” added the rabbit.

“Oho,” the lion said. “Didn’t you mentioon me to him?”

“Yes, indeed,” the rabbit replied. “But it would have been better if I hadn’t. When I described how strong you were, he just sneered and said dreadfully rude things. He even went so far as to say that he wouldn’t take you for his attendant!”

The lion flew into a rage and roared, “Where is he? Where is he?”

So the rabbit took the lion behind a hill and, not going too near herself, pointed to a deep well from a distance, and said, “He is down there, in the well.”

The lion hastened to the well and glared angrily into it. Yes, there was his rival who even glared back at him angrily. The lion roared, and his enemy roared back. The lion became so furious that his hair stood on end. So did his enemy’s in the well. The lion showed his teeth and lashed out with his paws to scare his rival-and his enemy in the well retaliated! In a fit of anger the lion sprang into the air with all his might and he flung himself at the enemy in the well. The result was that the proud lion was instantly drowned.


Once, there was a tortoise that was incredibly talkative. It could talk incessantly for hours without getting any fatigue. However, its fellow forest companion were not so fortunate. They grew increasingly irritated with the tortoise since its speeches were always boring and long-winded.

One summer, the forest was affected by a terrible drought. The only lake in the entire forest which provided water began to dry up and the animals grew alarmed. They sent some birds out to look for alternative sources, and eventually decided to move to a nearby forest which had a big water-filled lake.

However, the poor tortoise was in no mood to rejoice. It was too slow-moving to reach the forest in time and asked around for help. Aft difficulty, it managed to find two kindly crows which were willing to help.

They came up with a brilliant plan that required the toroise to clap tightly to a branch with its mouth. The branch would then be carried by both birds withh their legs to the new lake. The plan was soon underway and the tortoise was ferried through the air in grand style. When they were flying, the tortoise forgot the crow’s earlier warnings and began to shout, “Look! Look! What a beautiful lake!” Unfortunately, those were the last words it ever uttered.


Once upon a time, a rabbit wanted to cross a river, but he could not swim. Then, he had an idea. He saw a boss of crocodile swimming in the river. The rabbit asked the boss of crocodile, “How many crocodiles are there in the river?”. The boss of crocodile answered, “We are twenty here.”

“Where are they?” the rabbit asked for the second time. “What is it for?” the boss of crocodile asked.

“All of you are good, nice, gentle and kind, so I want to make a line in order. Laterr I will know how kind you are,” said the rabbit. Then, the boss of crocodile called all his friends and asked them to makea line in order from one side to the other side of the river. Just then, the rabbit started to count while jumping from one crocodile to another: one…two…three…four…until twenty, and finally, he thanked all crocodiles because he had crossed the river.


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