Once upon a time, there lived a big lion in a jungle. Every day he hunted
and killed many animals to satisfy his hunger. The animals were worried
that one day none of them would be left alive. They all decided to go to
the lion and find a solution to this problem.
When the lion saw all the animals approaching, he was very happy as he
thought that he would not have to take the trouble to hunt. He could just
kill all the animals together once and for all.
One of the animals stopped him and pleaded that he listen to what they
had to say first. He went on to explain that as the lion was king of the
jungle, and all the other animals were his subjects, the lion would not be a
king at all if he killed all his subjects. He would have no one left to rule
over. He suggested that if the lion stayed home, one animal would
surrender itself each day as food for the lion. The lion agreed to this offer
on the condition that if they ever failed to send him an animal, he would
go on a killing spree and finish all of them off.
From then on, each day an animal was sent to the lion and the lion was
One day it was the turn of a little rabbit to sacrifice his life to provide food
for the lion. This little one did not want to be the lion's meal. He thought
of a plan that would save his life as well as the lives of all the other
animals in the jungle.
The rabbit slowly made his way to the lion's den. The lion was pacing up
and down, extremely hungry. He was furious when all he saw was a little
rabbit. He wanted to kill all the animals in a rage. The rabbit timidly
explained that the animals had actually sent him six rabbits, but five of
them were killed and devoured by another lion.
The lion roared in anger. He wanted to know who this other lion was who
dared to steal his food. The rabbit stuttered that it was a very big lion. He
had warned the other lion not to eat him as his king would be very angry
and definitely come to fight him. The rabbit went on to say that that the
other lion had called His Majesty an impostor and had challenged him to
prove who was actually the king of the jungle. The lion was furious. He
asked the rabbit to take him to the other lion as he wanted to kill him.
The little rabbit led the lion to a well and told him that the other lion was
in there. The lion peered into the well and saw his own reflection. He
thought it was the other lion. He let out a huge roar which echoed back at
him. He immediately jumped into the well to attack what he thought was
the other lion. The lion dashed his head against the rocks and drowned.
The jubilant little rabbit returned to other animals to spread the good
MORAL: Wit is superior to brute force.