One day a little mouse was scurrying through the jungle when he came upon what looked like a pile of fur. She quickly ran up to it. And suddenly the pile of fur came to life. It was a big, angry lion.
"How dare you wake me up," roared the lion. "Just for that, I'm going to eat you."
"No, no - please don't," begged the mouse. "Let me go Mr. lion. You won't be sorry, for even though I'm a little mouse someday I may be able to help you."
"Ha!" roared the lion, shaking with laughter. "How could a small creature like yourself ever do anything for me?"
But he really was a kindly lion, so he let the mouse go.
Soon after the lion got caught in a net by native hunters. He roared and thrashed around to get himself free, but the ropes were too strong, too tightly bound.
The mouse was nearby and heard his cries for help. With her sharp teeth she gnawed at the ropes until they gave way. And when the lion had stepped out out of the net and was free, the little mouse spoke to the lion.
"Now you can see why you should never laugh at someone smaller than yourself," she said.
(George Creegan writes Creegan's Children's Corner for Weekender.)