One hot summer’s day a lion was sleeping under a tree. A little mouse who lived in a hole nearby, jumped on him and started playing with his mane. This woke the lion and he roared loudly ‘Who has dared to disturb my sleep?’ The little mouse started trembling with fear and said ‘Oh mighty king, please forgive me, I did not mean to disturb you’. The lion caught the mouse in his large claws and said ‘Anyone who disturbs my sleep deserves to die. I will eat you up’. The little mouse cried ‘Please don’t eat me. Let me go. I promise that someday I will help you and repay your kindness’. Hearing this, the lion started laughing. ‘You tiny little mouse; you will help me?’ But he had pity on the mouse and let him go. A few days later, the lion got caught in a hunter’s net. He tried to set himself free but could not. He started roaring loudly. The mouse heard the lion’s roar and said to himself ‘My friend the lion is in trouble, I should help him’. He ran in the direction of the lion’s roar and found him trapped in the net. He told the lion ‘Don’t worry, I will set you free in no time’. He nibbled the ropes with his sharp teeth. Very soon, the lion was free. He thanked the mouse and from that day the lion and the mouse became very good friends. The moral of this story is ‘Little friends may prove to be great friends’.
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