SUMMARY OF THE LESSON
Once there lived a farmer and his wife in a village. They had a small son. They wanted to have a pet to give company to their son.
One evening the farmer brought home a little mongoose. Both the baby and the mongoose grew together. The animal grew to its full size in six months. The baby was still kept in a cradle.
One day the farmer's wife decided to go for shopping. She rocked the baby to sleep in the cradle. She told her husband to keep an eye on the baby. She, in fact, did not like to leave the child alone with the mongoose.
The farmer told her not to worry. He said that the baby and the mongoose were good friends. The wife went away to the bazar. The farmer also went out to look after his fields. He met some friends there and returned home a little late.
The farmer's wife came back home with a basket. It was heavy with food items. The mongoose was sitting outside, waiting for her. He ran as usual to welcome her. But she was shocked to see blood on his face and paws. She cursed the animal for killing her baby. In anger, she dropped the heavy basket on him. The mongoose died.
She ran inside to see the child's cradle. The baby was fast asleep. But on the floor lay a (make. It had been killed by the mongoose.
At once she realised her mistake. The mongoose had, in fact, killed the snake to save the baby. She started crying. But it was too late. Her rash action had killed the innocent and friendly mongoose.