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The Clever Rabbit

The lion is the king of the jungle. Once there was a lion that was not grateful for being king. Instead he thought he was better than everyone else. He would say, "Look at me I'm the greatest, I'm the strongest, I'm the most virtuous, I'm simply the best". Well his wife told him, "If you are the best, why don't you ask everyone else, maybe they don't think so."

This concerned the lion. So he went to every animal there was and asked them. He said, "Don't worry, I won't hurt you, I just want to ask you a question. Who is the king of the jungle? Who is the greatest." Every one was too afraid to tell him that they thought he was too proud. They thought he might eat them if they said something he wouldn't like. So they all told him, "You are the king of the jungle, you are the greatest".

Everyone except for the rabbit. The rabbit wasn't scared. He wasn't afraid because he was very clever and he had an idea. He told the lion, "You are not the greatest." The lion got very angry after hearing this. He roared, "Well if I'm not the greatest, who is?!!!! I want to meet them!!"

So the rabbit told him, "Follow me, I'll show you". They came to a clearing in the jungle where there was a well. The rabbit said, "Put your head in there and roar". So the lion roared in the well. The roar echoed back very loudly. The lion, a little bit nervous now, asked, "Who is that? Is that another lion??" The rabbit said, "Yes it is. He's down there and he says he's the real king of the jungle and the he's much greater than you".

This made the lion more angry than he had ever been. "I'll show him!!! I'm the greatest!!! ROOAAAARRR!!" And he jumped in to the well trying to defeat the other lion. The lion was never heard of again. That is how the rabbit tricked the lion. Even though the lion was the strongest, the rabbit was more clever. Sometimes the smallest are the sharpest!

Storyteller:  Harijot Singh Khalsa
Topics:  Adventure, Fun
Age ranges:  1 - 6, 7 - 12