The Lion and the Mouse

Once upon a time, a lion was taking a blissful nap in the forest. A mouse that was passing by saw the lion and started running up and down the lion for fun. Disturbed from his nap, the lion caught hold of the mouse and threatened to kill it.


“Please don’t kill me” begged the mouse. “Spare my life and I will repay you for the favour one day”, the mouse whimpered. The lion was amused by the thought of a little mouse helping the King of the forest but let the mouse go out of kindness.


After a few days, the lion gets caught in a net laid down by a hunter. No matter how hard he tries, the lion fails to free himself from the net. The lion’s roars of frustration and helplessness are recognized by the same mouse to whom the lion showed mercy. The mouse finds the lion and gnaws the net until it comes apart. The lion thanked the mouse and felt silly for ever doubting its capabilities to help him.


Moral of the story: No act of kindness is ever wasted and no one should be judged based on their appearance.