Once upon a time, there lived a lion in a splendid forest. One day, when the Lion came to drink water at the River, one of his feet got stuck into the damp mushy mud of the River.
He tried to get a lot out of the Mud, but to no avail. He was stuck there with food for days untill one day when a jackal came over. It was a bright sunny day, a kind jackal came to drink water from the River. When he saw the Lion lying in agony, he went closer to the Lion and asked, “What is the matter? Why are you resting here? ”
The Lion told him that his foot is stuck in the Mud and he is lying here for some days without any food and help. The Jackal moved the Mud and got the Lion’s foot released. Now that the Lion was free but he still could not move. He was lying in same posture for last a some days, and so, his became body stiff. The Jackal understood the condition of the Lion and helped to get out of the Mud. The Lion was really thankful to Jackal for his kind help. He was very happy to get free after so many days.
The Lion appreciated the effort made by the Jackal. He offered the Jackal to live with him and promised him a share in the every kill he made. The Jackal accepted the offer and started living with the Lion. They lived happily sharing the food. With the passing time, they expanded their families. They did not have any idea that their families were not in favor of their friendship.
One day, The Lioness, told to his kids that she didn’t like the amity between the Jackal and her husband. The cubs The message conveyed to the kids of Jackal. The Jackal kids complained the matter to the lady Jackal. The lady Jackal conveyed to her husband.
The Jackal went to the Lion and said, “I helped you without any consideration in return. You asked me to live with you, so I started living with You. Now, if you do not want me to live together, you should have told me yourself. Why did you use your wife and cubs to convey this?”.
The Lion was shocked to hear such words. He Said, “My dear friend, what are you saying? I do not find any problem with you or your friendship.” He assured The Jackal that he had no such ill-feelings for the friendship between them.
The Lion assured that he would talk to the Lioness and solve the whole matter.
The clever Jackal understood the situation and said he to the Lion, “Dear friend, I know you are sincere, but our families could not accept this level of friendship bwtween us. So, let us stay apart and meet often as friends. We can also hunt together. It would be better, if our families stay apart”.
The Lion agreed to the proposal with a heavy heart.
The two families parted as friends from each other. The Jackal and the Lion continued to share the friendship. They often met and would hunt together. The two friends shared the friendship throughout their life.