Old Tiger

Once upon a time, there lived a Tiger deep in a forest.

With the passing years, the Tiger became old and was now too weak to hunt. One day, the Tiger was walking by the side of a lake and suddenly, a gold bangle came across his sight. Quickly he picked up the bangle and thought that he could use it to allure someone and catch him easily. As he was under the thought process, a traveler happened to pass through the opposite side of the lake.

The Tiger instantly thought to himself, “What a delicious meal would he make?” He planned a scheme to attract the Traveler. He held the Bangles in his paw making it visible to the Traveler and said, “Would you like to take this gold bangle. I do not require it.” At once, the Traveler wanted to take the Bangles, but he was hesitated to go near the Tiger. He knew that tt was risky, yet he sought the gold Bangle. He planned to be cautious, so he asked the Tiger, “How can I trust you for my life? I know you are a beast and would kill me. ”

The clever Tiger innocently said, “Listen Traveler, in my youth, I was unquestionably wicked, but now I have changed myself. With the advice of a sanyasi, I have left all evil. Now I am all alone in this world and myself have engaged in kind deeds. MoreOver, I have grown old. I have no teeth and my claws are blunt. So, there is no need to fear me.”

The Traveler was taken in by this smart talk and his love for gold soon overcame fear of the Tiger. He jumped into the lake to wade across the Tiger.

As per plan of the Tiger, he got trapped in the Marsh. Seeing this, the Tiger consoled him said, “Oh! you need not worry. I’ll help you “.

Gradually he came towards the Traveler and seized him by the neck. As the Traveler was being dragged out, the grip of the Tiger on his neck got tighter and then he thought to himself, “Oh! This beast’s talk of saintliness as put me in this mess. A beast is always a beast. If only I had not let my greed overcome my reason, could I be alive.”

However, it was too late, the Tiger killed the Traveler and ate him up.

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