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Sunday, June 10, 2007

The foolish crocodile and a smart monkey

Once upon a time, there lived a monkey on a red apple tree. He ate the tasty and juicy apples everyday and was living happily. Then one day a crocodile swam up to that tree and told the monkey that he was very hungry. The kind monkey offered him a few rose apples. The crocodile enjoyed them very much and asked the monkey if he could come again for some more fruit. The monkey said yes.

The crocodile kept returning everyday to eat the tasty apples. Soon the monkey and the crocodile became very good friends. The crocodile told the monkey that he had a wife who lived on the other bank of the river and the monkey offered him some extra rose apples to take home to his wife. The crocodile's wife loved the rose apples. The crocodile's wife told her husband that if the monkey lived on a diet of rose apples, then his heart must be very tasty to eat. So she asked the crocodile to invite the monkey to their house in order to eat him.

So the crocodile went to the monkey and invited him to come home to have dinner. He told the monkey that he could ride across the river on the crocodile's back. The monkey agreed. As they reached the middle of the river, the crocodile began to go underneath the water. The frightened monkey asked him why he was doing that. The crocodile explained that his wife's wish to eat the monkeyĆ¢€™s heart.

The clever monkey told him that he would gladly give up his heart to make the crocodile's wife happy, but he had left his heart behind in the rose apple tree. He asked the crocodile to go back the rose apple tree so that the monkey could go get his heart from the apple tree. The foolish crocodile quickly swam back to the rose apple tree. The monkey scampered up the tree to safety. He told the crocodile to tell his wicked wife that she had married the dumbest crocodile in the world.

Moral : Do not stop thinking even when facing grave danger