The Foolish Crane and The Mongoose

A flock of cranes once had their nests on a fig tree in a part of a forest. In the hollow of the same tree lived a cobra that used to feed on the eggs and crane chicks before their wings sprouted. At last mother crane, in utter woe at seeing her young ones eaten by the cobra, went to the shore of the pond, and began to weep. And a crab who noticed her in sorrow, said: “Madam, why are you so...
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How the Crow-Hen Killed the Cobra

In a certain region grew a great banyan tree. A crow and his wife had built a nest in there. But a cobra (black snake) crawled through the hollow trunk and ate their chicks as fast as they were born, even before baptism. Yet for all his sorrow over this violence, the poor crow could not desert the old familiar banyan and seek another tree. At last the crow-hen fell at her husband’s feet...
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