Let us enjoy reading the famous one of African Stories, Friends Forever – A mouse and a frog.
A mouse and a frog were friends for a long in a village.
Every morning the frog would come out of his pond to visit his friend mouse who lived in a hole in the side of a tree.
And he would spend time with mouse till noon and return home.
The mouse was very delighted and happy with his friend’s company. But the mouse was unaware that the friend was turning into an enemy.
Because though he visited the mouse every day, the mouse had never thought or made an attempt to visit him.
One day he felt he had been foolish enough by mouse. So he decided to leave the mouse.
He tied one end of a string around his own leg and the other end to the mouse’s tail. And he hopped away, dragging the unfortunate mouse behind him.
The frog dived deep into the pond to pull the mouse deep into the pond. The mouse tried to free and escape himself but couldn’t, and soon drowned. His bloated body floated to the top.
A deadly hawk saw the dead mouse floating on the pond’s surface. He swooped down, and grabbing the mouse in his talons, flew to the branch of a nearby tree.
The frog, of course, was also hauled out of the water. He tried to free himself, but couldn’t and the hawk soon put an end to his struggles.
In Africa, they have a saying for the story Friends Forever – A mouse and a frog:
“Don’t dig too deep a pit for your enemy, you may fall into it yourself”.
Meaning that one should not dig a too deep pit for his/her enemy, one day or the other he/she may fall in the pit.
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