The Lion and the Mouse
A lion was sleeping in his lair when a mouse mistakenly ran over the mighty beast’s nose and awakened him. The lion grabbed the frightened little creature with his paw and was just about to crush him when the mouse began pleading for mercy and declared that he had not consciously intended to offend the lion. Moreover, the mouse sought to convince the lion not to stain his honorable paws with such an insignificant prey. Smiling at his little prisoner’s fright, the lion generously let him go.
Now a short time after this occurrence the lion was caught in a net laid by some hunters while roaming the woods in search of prey. Finding himself entangled in a rope without the hope of escape, the lion let out a roar that resounded throughout the entire forest. Recognizing the voice of his former savior, the mouse ran to the spot, and without much ado, began nibbling the knots that had ensnared the lion. In a short time he freed the noble beast and thus convinced him that no act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted and that no matter how meager a creature may be, he may have it in his power to return a good deed.
Little friends may prove great friends.
Loving doing these as much as ever if not even more so. Though this one was pretty hard for me, as the lion is such a similar colour to the background and I had trouble getting him to stand out. Not the best in the series, but I’m still reasonably happy with the result
This has got to be one of my favourite Aesop’s Fables of all times. It’s just such a heartwarming and wonderful story.