There lived a farmer with his wife in a
village. They were living in a hut. They had a son. They were delighted by the
child and its play. It was a past time for them. One day the farmer went to
forest to bring fire wood. He bought a mongoose. The couple decided to look
after the mongoose. “Darling, the mongoose is young. In five or six months the
mongoose will grew big. Then it would be a friend to our child” the farmer
The farmer wife reared the mongoose. The
mongoose grew big in six months. Once the farmer’s wife had to go to market to
bring food articles. She left her child in the cradle. She told her husband to
look after the child and not to allow
mongoose and child together. She went out. The farmer told her not to worry as
the mongoose is a good animal. Few minutes passed. The farmer had no work. He
went out for a walk.
After two hours the farmer’ wife retuned home.
At the door step she saw the mongoose waiting for her. But she saw blood oozing out of its mouth. She
thought that the mongoose might have killed the child. Immediately she took the
stick and hit the mongoose. “You unfaithful, How dare you are to kill my
child?” she said. Then she went inside. There she found the child sleeping.
There was a snake on the ground cut into pieces. The blood was spread over. The
farmer’s wife realized that the mongoose has saved her child from the snake.
Suddenly she came out. The mongoose was dead.
“Sorry my dear mongoose, You have saved my
child from the bite of the snake. Without knowing the truth, I killed you. God
also will not excuse me” she said. She sat weeping loudly…