A long time ago, there was a huge banyan tree which was home to the nests of many birds.
One day, a hunter happened to come to the tree. Seeing that many birds lived there, he set up his net below the tree and scattered a few grains of rice to attract them.
A flock of pigeons flying past the banyan tree saw the grains of rice and went down to eat them. Suddenly, a huge net fell over them and trapped them. They struggled to get out of it but couldn’t. They could see the hunter walking towards them looking delighted having caught so many pigeons.
The pigeons were distressed and thought the end was near. But the wise king of the pigeons had a plan and said, “We should all fly up carrying the net with us. Once we manage to get away from the hunter, we can think of what to do next.”
The pigeons listened to their king’s advice. Each pigeon held a part of the huge net in his beak and all of them flew up together. The hunter was amazed to see this happening. He tried to catch them, but they were too fast.
The king of the pigeons knew a mouse that lived not far from them and could help them escape the net.
Hearing his friend’s voice, the mouse came out of his hole. He saw the pigeons and their king trapped in the net and said, “Oh! Who did this? I will set you free right away.”
He began to nibble the net nearest to the king, but the king stopped him and said, “Set my subjects free first. No king can see his subjects in pain and be free himself.”
The mouse nibbled off the net easily with his sharp teeth and after freeing all the pigeons, he freed the king pigeon at last.
The pigeons were very grateful to the mouse. They thanked the mouse and flew away.
This story proves that unity is strength.
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