The Man and the Snake

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Once, a Man found a Snake coiled on the ground. He became scared and was about to kill it. Just then, the Snake cried out, “If you wish to kill me, you may, but before that please listen to how ungrateful man has been!”

The Man agreed.

Soon, a Cow came by. The Snake asked the Cow what she thought of man. The Cow said, “I have denied milk to my little

calves and given man milk for years. In return, I do not get even a ‘Thank you’.”

The Man said, “We are fools to listen to this old, silly Cow, let’s ask the Ox.” The Ox said, “I have worked hard on the fields most of my life, but all I got from my master in return is only beating!”

Next, they asked a Tree. The Tree said, “I gave fruits, flowers and shelter to man. But, one day, my branches were chopped down by the same man for firewood.”

After Man had heard them, he thought, We have been so selfish! Snake, you are free to go. I am sorry for all the trouble we have caused the animals and the trees.”

Be grateful to all who help you.

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