The Lion and the Mouse
Once upon a time a Lion was sleeping when he was woken by a mouse who ran up and down his body. Angry tha this sleep was disturbed, he placed his huge paw upon the mouse, and opened his big jaws to swallow him.
"Pardon, O King," cried the little Mouse. "Please forgive me and let me go. Who knows, I may be able to do you a turn some day."
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.
Some time later, the Lion was caught in a trap set by some hunters. Tied up tight, he was unable to free himself and seemed doomed to death when the hunters came across him.
Just then the little Mouse happened to pass by, and seeing the sad plight in which the Lion was, went up to him and soon gnawed away the ropes that bound the King of the Beasts.
"Didn't I tell you that I might be able to help you one day?" said the little Mouse.
"Little friends may prove great friends."
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