Once upon a time, Mr. Monkey was living by himself near a
riverbank. He was very strong, and he was a great jumper.
In the middle of the river there was a beautiful island
covered with mango, jackfruit and other fruit trees.
There happened to be a rock sticking out of the water halfway
between the bank and the island. Although it looked
impossible, Mr. Monkey was used to jumping from the riverbank
to the rock, and from the rock to the island. He would eat
fruits all day and then return home by the same route each
A high-class couple was living next to the same river - Sir
Crocodile and Lady Crocodile. They were expecting their first
brood of baby crocks. Because she was pregnant Lady Crocodile
sometimes wished for strange things to eat. So she made
unusual demands on her faithful husband.
Lady Crocodile had been amazed, just like the other animals,
by the way Mr. Monkey jumped back and forth to the island. One
day she developed a sudden craving to eat the heart of Mr.
Monkey! She told Sir Crocodile about her desire. To please
her, he promised to get Mr. Monkey's heart for her in time for
Sir Crocodile went and laid himself down on the rock between
the riverbank and the island. He waited for Mr. Monkey to
return that evening, planning to catch him.
As usual, Mr. Monkey spent the rest of the day on the island.
When it was time to return to his home on the riverbank, he
noticed that the rock seemed to have grown. It was higher
above water than he remembered it. He investigated and saw
that the river level was the same as in the morning, yet the
rock was definitely higher. Immediately he suspected the
cunning Sir Crocodile.
To find out for sure, he called out in the direction of the
rock, "Hi there, Mr. Rock! How are you?" He yelled
this three times. Then he shouted, "You used to answer me
when I spoke to you. But today you say nothing. What's wrong
with you, Mr. Rock?"
Sir Crocodile thought, "No doubt on other days this rock
used to talk to the monkey. I can't wait any longer for this
dumb rock to speak! I will just have to speak for the rock,
and trick the monkey." So he shouted, "I'm fine, Mr.
Monkey. What do you want?"
Mr. Monkey asked, "Who are you?"
Without thinking, the crocodile replied, "I'm Sir
"Why are you lying there?" asked the monkey.
Sir Crocodile said, "I'm expecting to take your heart!
There's no escape for you, Mr. Monkey."
The clever monkey thought, "Aha! He's right - there's no
other way back to the riverbank. So I will have to trick
Then he yelled, "Sir Crocodile my friend, it looks like
you've got me. So I'll give you my heart. Open your mouth and
take it when I come your way."
When Sir Crocodile opened his mouth, he opened it so wide that
his eyes were squeezed shut. When Mr. Monkey saw this, he
immediately jumped onto the top of Sir Crocodile's head, and
then instantly to the riverbank.
When Sir Crocodile realised he'd been outsmarted, he admired
Mr.Monkey's victory. Like a good sport in a contest, he
praised the winner. He said, "Mr. Monkey, my intention
towards you was unwholesome - I wanted to kill you and take
your heart just to please my wife. But you wanted only to save
yourself and harm no one. I congratulate you!"
Then Sir Crocodile returned to Lady Crocodile. At first she
was displeased with him, but when the little ones came they
forgot their troubles for a time.
moral is: A good loser is a true gentleman.