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The Elephant and the Sparrow
Posted On : 16 Apr 2007 Total Views : 6895 Previous | Next

Two sparrows, husband and wife, built a nest on a banyan tree where the female sparrow laid eggs. One afternoon a wild elephant came to the tree seeking shelter from the sun. Unable to bear the heat, the tusker suddenly went berserk and snapped a big branch of the tree, crushing the sparrow's eggs in the nest. The sparrow pair somehow escaped the fury of the elephant but the wife began crying for her eggs.

A woodpecker, a close friend of the sparrow, heard her crying and moved by her grief.

The female sparrow said, "The wicked elephant has destroyed my offspring. If you are a true friend of mine suggest a way to kill him."

Taking the female sparrow with him, the woodpecker called on the fly and told him, "This is my dearest friend. A wild elephant has squashed her eggs. You must somehow find a way to kill that elephant. We need your help."

The fly said, "I have a friend who is a frog. Let us go to him and seek his help also." The female sparrow, the woodpecker and the fly went to the frog and narrated the entire story of the sparrow's grief.

The frog said, "What is an elephant before a united crowd like us? Do as I tell you. O' fly, go to the elephant when the sun is high in the sky and hum a sweet tune into his ears. When he closes his eyes in ecstasy, the woodpecker will scoop his eyes out. He becomes blind and thirsty and will look for water. I will go to a quick sand and begin croaking there. Thinking that there is water, the elephant will come there and sink into the quicksand and die."

All the four played out their roles according to the frog's plan and caused the death of the elephant.

Moral
Unity is strength

 
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