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Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Mongoose and the baby in the cradle

Once upon a time, there lived a poor Brahmin with his wife in a small village. They had a son born to them. The Brahmin's wife had a mongoose as her pet. The mongoose was very playful. He used to guard the Brahmin's house and also looked after the baby, while it slept in the cradle.

One day, The Brahmin went out on some work. His wife had also gone to fetch water from the well situated on the outskirts of the village leaving the baby all alone in the house. The mongoose sat beside the cradle guarding the baby. Suddenly, he saw a big black snake crawling towards the cradle. Being a natural enemy of snakes and also having the responsibility of guarding the baby, he pounced upon the snake. After a fierce fighting with the snake the mongoose killed it. But the mouth and paws of the mongoose were smeared with the snake's blood. The mongoose was happy that he had done his duty faithfully and had saved the baby from the snake. He sat at the main entrance of the house.

After sometime, the Brahmin's wife came along with the water pitcher on her head. She saw the paws and mouth of the mongoose smeared in blood. She thought that the mongoose had killed her baby. In a fit of rage, she threw the heavy water pitcher on the head of the mongoose. The mongoose died on the spot. The Brahmin'os wife now went running inside the house. There she saw a big black snake lying dead. The baby was sleeping safe in the cradle. Then she realized that she was greatly mistaken, and the mongoose had, in fact, saved her child. She had killed her faithful pet without knowing what had really happened. She cried and cried for her pet but it is too late.

Moral ; Never jump to hasty conclusions.

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