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and the Rabbit
A cruel lion lived in the forest. Every day, he killed and ate a lot of animals.
The other animals were afraid the lion would kill them all.
The animals told the lion, “Let’s make a deal. If you promise to eat only one
animal each day, then one of us will come to you every day. Then you don’t have
to hunt and kill us.”
The plan sounded well thought-out to the lion, so he
agreed, but he also said, “ If you don’t come every day,
I promise to kill all of you the next day!”
Each day after that, one animal went to the lion so
that the lion could eat it. Then, all the other animals
Finally, it was the rabbit’s turn to go to the lion.
The rabbit went very slowly that day, so the lion
was angry when the rabbit finally arrived.
The lion angrily asked the rabbit, “Why are
“I was hiding from another lion in the
forest. That lion said he was the king, so I
The lion told the rabbit, “I am the only king
here! Take me to
that other lion,
and I will kill him.
The rabbit replied, “I will be happy
to show you where he lives.”
The rabbit led the lion to an old well in the middle
of the forest. The well was very deep with water at the
bottom. The rabbit told the lion, “Look in there. The lion
lives at the bottom.”
When the lion looked in the well, he could see his
own face in-the water. He thought that was the other lion.
Without waiting another moment, the lion jumped into
the well to attack the other lion. He never came out.
All of the other animals in the forest were very pleased
with the rabbit’s clever trick.