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The mouse and the lion
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One day a lion was taking a nap.
And there came a mouse, went up the lion’s back and ran around there.
That awaken lion and he caught a mouse, tried to eat it.
“Oh please, I’m too little to taste,” said the mouse, “If you could spare my life, I swear to retreat your kindness.”
The mouse was begging for his life, shaken.
The lion was in silence for awhile.
But then he felt pity for the mouse and let him go without saying anything.
A few days later, the lion had caught by a hunter.
He was bound by the strong rope and had nowhere to run.
“Oh, my life is over,”
said the lion in despair. Then the mouse came out of nowhere and gnawed the rope with his sharp teeth, saved the lion’s life.
“Thank you for saving me.”
said the lion with gratitude. And they lived together happily ever after.
Even the strong one has a moment to be saved by the weak one.
That’s the moral of this story.
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