The Lion and the Mouse

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Once when a Lion was asleep, a little Mouse began running up and down upon him. This soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon him and opened his big jaws to swallow him.
"Pardon, O King!" cried the little Mouse, "Forgive me this time. I shall never repeat it and I shall never forget your kindness. And who knows, but I may be able to do you a good turn one of these days?"
The Lion was so tickled at the idea of the Mouse being able to help him, that he lifted up his paw and let him go.
Sometime later a few hunters captured the King and tied him to a tree while they went in search of a wagon to carry him on.
Just then the little Mouse happened to pass by, and seeing the sad plight in which the Lion was, ran up to him and soon gnawed away the ropes that bound the King of the Beasts. "Was I not right?" said the little Mouse, very happy to help the Lion.
MORAL: Little friends may prove great friends.

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Word Lists:

Paw : an animal's foot having claws and pads.

Gnaw : bite at or nibble something persistently

Hunter : a person or animal that hunts

Wagon : a vehicle used for transporting goods or another specified purpose

Swallow : cause or allow (something, especially food or drink) to pass down the throat

Capture : take into one's possession or control by force

Tie : attach or fasten (someone or something) with string or similar cord

Search : try to find something by looking or otherwise seeking carefully and thoroughly

Moral : concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character


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