This story is about a Royal Elephant that used to reside in beautiful garden just next to the King’s palace and a poor dog.
The elephant was very dear to the King, so he was cared, well-fed and well-treated. There was a Dog who used to live in the neighborhood Of the Elephant shed. He was very weak and skinny. He was always fascinated by the smell of the sweet rice fed to the royal Elephant.
One day, the Dog could not resist the Aroma of the rice and somehow sneaked into the Elephant’s shed. He ate the sweet rice that fell from the Elephant’s mouth. He liked the rice so much, that he started coming daily to eat the rice. For days, the huge Elephant did not notice the small dog. Gradually, the Dog became bigger and stronger by eating such rich food. And gradually the Elephant and the Dog became friends.
The Elephant used to enjoy the company of the Dog and started “sharing his food with him. They ate together, slept together and played together. While playing, the Dog would hold the Elephant from his trunk and the Elephan would swing it back and forth. Theys became great friends and did not want to get separated from each other.
Then one day, a man saw the Dog and asked the Elephant-keeper, “I want to buy this Dog. What price do you seek for the Dog?” The Elephant-keeper did not own the Dog, still he sold the Dog and extracted a sum of money out of this deal. The man took the Dog to his home village, which was quite far away. The King’s Elephant became very sad after this incident. He missed his friend a lot and started neglecting everything. He did not want to do anything without his dear friend, so stopped eating, drinking and bathing Even.
Ultimately, the Elephant-keeper reported this to the King, however he did not tell anything about the Dog. The King had a wise minister, who was known for his understanding of animals. The King asked the minister, “Go to the Elephant shed and find out the reason for the Elephant’s condition.”
The intelligence minister went to shed the Elephant and found the Elephant very sad. He looked all over the Elephant and asked the Elephant-keeper, “There is nothing wrong with this Elephant’s body, then why does he look so sad? I think this Elephant is complaint stricken, possibly due to the loss of a dear friend. Do you know if this Elephant has shared close friendship With anyone? ”
The Elephant-keeper said “There was a Dog who used to eat, sleep and play with the Elephant. He has been taken by a stranger three days ago. The Minister asked, “Where is the Dog?”
And he Replied, “I do not know.”
The minister Went back to the King and said, “Your majesty, as per my opinion, The Royal Elephant is not sick, he is sad without his lonesome dear friend, the Dog.”
Said the King, “You’re right, friendship is one Of the most wonderful things of life. Do you know where that Dog is? ”
The Minister replied, “Elephant-keeper has informed that a stranger took him away and he did not know about his whereabouts.
The King asked, “How can we bring back my Elephant’s friend and make him happy again?”
The Minister suggested, “Your Majesty, make a statement, that whoever has the dog that used to live at the Royal Elephant’s shed will be penalized” .
The King did the same and the Man who took the Dog, instantly turned loose the chains and let gothe dog when he heard the proclamation.
When got free, the Dog ran back as fast as he could to reach the Elephant’s shed. The Elephant was so delighted to see the Dog that he picked his friends with his trunk and made him sit on his head. The Dog waved, while the Elephant’s eyes sparkled with happiness. The King was contented to see the happy Elephant once again. He rewarded his wise minister for the correct advise. Both, the Elephant and the Dog lived happily there after.