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The Lion and the Mouse

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The Lion and the Mouse Part II
He was trapped.
He was trapped.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Below is the second part of "The Lion and the Mouse."

Several days later, the big, furry lion walked through the forest. The lion was thirsty, so he decided to go to the watering hole for a drink. As he made his way along the path, the lion felt something strange upon his paw. Looking down, he realized that the strange thing was a rope. The thick, strong rope was tied to a giant tree.

All of a sudden, the rope tightened around the lion's paw. "Oh, no," said the lion. "It must be a trap!" And sure enough, the lion was caught in a hunter's net.

Even the brave lion was afraid. He tried as hard as he could to break free from the net. He pushed and he pulled with all his might, but it was no use. He was trapped. The big lion was very upset. His roar could be heard throughout the forest.

At the same time a tiny mouse was walking home through the forest after a long day of picking berries and visiting friends. She heard the sad roar of a lion.

"That is strange," thought the little mouse, standing on her tiptoes, straining to hear. "I have heard that roar before. That sounds like my friend

the lion."

The little mouse ran toward the sound of the roar. Within minutes, she

peaked through the tall grass and found the lion tangled in the hunter's net.

"Do not worry, lion," said the mouse. "You were kind to me, so I will set you free."

"You?" The lion smiled, even though he was trapped. "How could a little tiny mouse like you possibly free a great big lion like me? I don't think there is anything you can do. I pushed and pulled with all my might. It is just no use." The lion sighed.

"I will certainly give it my best try," said the little mouse. Then she set off to work.

She began to chew on the rope with her sharp, little teeth.

"You will never get me out of this mess. You will just get tired," said the lion.

The mouse would not quit. She chewed and chewed on the thick, strong rope until finally it broke apart. The little mouse got out of the way just in time for the lion to come tumbling out of the net.

"Thank you, mouse," replied the happy lion, stretching his powerful limbs. "Now I can see that even a little mouse like you really can help a great big lion

like me. I am very lucky to have you as my friend. If there is anything you need,

I will be the first to help you. I promise."

"We make quite a pair," said the little mouse. "Would you mind carrying me back home? I'm tired from all that chewing."

The big lion smiled again and carried his new best friend

home, proudly, on his nose.

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