The Fox And The Elephant



Part 17 of total 102 stories in the book Panchatantra Stories.
  
  1. The Crows And The Serpent
  2. The Cat, Partridge And The Hare
  3. The Gold Giving Serpent
  4. The Heron And The Crab
  5. The Day Dreaming Priest
  6. The Sage’s Daughter
  7. The Moon Lake
  8. The Bhrahmin And The Three Thugs
  9. The Giant And The Helpless Bhrahmin
  10. The Owls Became Enemies Of The Crows
  11. The Trader Dantila And The Sweeper Gorambha
  12. The King And The Parrots
  13. Town Visit Of A Village Mouse
  14. The Mongoose And The Baby In The Cradle
  15. The Hermit And The Jumping Rat
  16. The Thief, The Giant And The Bhrahmin
  17. The Fox And The Elephant
  18. The Hunter And The Doves
  19. The Stag And His Antlers
  20. The Lapwings And The Sea
  21. The Talkative Tortoise
  22. The Bird With Two Heads
  23. The Bhrahmin And The Diamonds
  24. The Cat, The Rat And The Hunter
  25. The Falcon And The Crow
  26. The Monkey And The Crocodile
  27. The Golden Bird And The King
  28. The Power Of Unity
  29. The Louse And The Bad Bug
  30. The Useful Thief
  31. The Dog In A Foreign Country
  32. The Little Mice And The Big Elephants
  33. The Bhrahmin And The Delicious Dishes
  34. Three Fish And The Fisherman
  35. The Visit Of The Swan
  36. The Golden Goat
  37. The Donkey Who Sang A Song
  38. The Lion And The Woodcutter
  39. Dharambuddhi And Paapbuddhi
  40. The Shepherd And The Wolf
  41. The Merchant’s Son
  42. The Donkey And The Leopard’s Skin
  43. The Mice That Ate Balance
  44. The Foolish Jackal
  45. The Wise Crab
  46. The Revenge Of The Elephant
  47. The Cunning Judge
  48. The Bullock And The Lion
  49. The Bad Lady And The Wolf
  50. The King Nanda And The Vararuchi
  51. The Dhobi’s Donkey
  52. The Fool And The Crooks
  53. The Peacock And The Fox
  54. The Marriage Of A Snake
  55. The Old Greedy Crane
  56. The Foolish Monkey And The King
  57. The Rotating Wheel
  58. Two Fish And A Frog
  59. The Clever Jackal
  60. The Frog And The Serpent
  61. The Fake King
  62. The Rabbits And The Elephants
  63. The Prince And The Seedling
  64. Courtesy
  65. The Wind And The Sun
  66. The Bear And Golu And Molu
  67. King Chandra And The Monkey Chief
  68. The Four Friends And The Hunter
  69. The Cow And The Tiger
  70. Bhrahmadatta, The Crab and The Snake
  71. Beware Of Mean Friends
  72. The Donkey And The Cunning Fox
  73. The Crow And The Monkey
  74. When The Lion Came Back To Life
  75. The Devta And The Weaver
  76. The Potter’s Truth
  77. The Prince And The Bear
  78. The Monkey And The Log
  79. Somilaka The Weaver
  80. The Merchant And The Barber
  81. The Giant And The Horse Thief
  82. The Crow And The Water Pitcher
  83. The Four Foolish Bhrahmins
  84. The Rich Mohan And The Poor Sohan
  85. The Bats
  86. Who Will Bell The Cat?
  87. The Cunning Snake
  88. The Wolf And The Lamb
  89. The Old Wise Crow
  90. The Mouse And The Bull
  91. The Lioness And The Young Jackal
  92. The Camel With A Bell Round His Neck
  93. A Poor Bhrahmin’s Dream
  94. Death And Lord Indra’s Parrot
  95. The Lion And The Hare
  96. The King Cobra And The Ants
  97. The Bhrahmin And The Snake
  98. The Thief And The Sanyasi
  99. The Lion’s Bad Breath
  100. The Monkeys And The Red Berries
  101. The Jackal And The Arrow
  102. The Trick Of The Crow

There lived a huge elephant in a dense jungle. He was cruel and arrogant by nature. He roamed freely in the jungle, pulling down small trees and branches.

Those animals who lived in the trees were very much afraid of this elephant. When he pulled down the trees and tore off the branches, many a nests with eggs and nestling came down crashing on the ground and got destroyed. His movement in the jungle created an all round havoc.

Even the tigers and lions kept themselves at a safe distance from this rogue. In his ruthless march in the jungle, many holes of the foxes were trampled. This led to dissatisfaction among the foxes and among the other animals alike. Many of them wanted to kill the elephant. But this task was very difficult, because of his huge size.

“He is so huge”, said the foxes amongst themselves. “It’s nearly impossible to kill him.”

Then a meeting of all the foxes was called. In the meeting this rather impossible task was assigned to a very cunning fox to perform. The fox, before executing his plan studied the elephant’s behavior for many days.

One day, the fox went to meet the elephant and said to him, “Your Highness. It’s urgent to talk to you. It’s a matter of life and death for us.”

The elephant trumpeted at his highest pitch and asked, “Who’re you and why do you want to see me?”

“Your Highness”, said the fox. “I’m the representative of the whole of the animal community. We want to make you our supreme head – the king. Kindly accept our offer.”

The elephant lifted his trunk with great pride and asked for details.

The fox further explained, “I’ve come to take you with me. The coronation ceremony will take place in the middle of the jungle, where thousands of animals have already gathered and are chanting holy mantras.”

The elephant was very glad to hear this. He had always cherished a dream to become a king. He thought that the coronation ceremony will be a matter of pride to him. He readied himself hurriedly to accompany the fox to the deep jungle.

“Come, Your Highness,” said the fox. “Follow me.”

The fox led the elephant to some imaginary spot of ceremony. On their way, they had to walk through a swampy area by the side of a pond. The fox being light bodied, crossed the small swampy patch without any difficulty. The elephant too walked on it, but being heavily built, he got stuck into the swamp.

The more he tried to come out of the swamp, the more he went deep into it. He became scared and called out the fox, “Dear friend. Please help me. I’m sinking in the mud. What’ll happen to my coronation now. Call your other friends also to help me.”

“I’m not going to save you”, said the fox. “You deserved this treatment. You know, how cruel you have been to other animals an along. You pulled down branches of trees mercilessly, without caring for the eggs and for the lives of the nestlings. You knew everything, but remained indifferent.

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You trampled upon the burrows of the foxes. You saw our siblings being crushed under your heavy feet. You saw us crying, begging for mercy; but nothing bothered you.

And now you are begging for your life? I am sorry to tell you that though, your coronation couldn’t take place, but your cremation will definitely take place.” And the fox left.

The elephant couldn’t come out of the swamp and died there.

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