How the Jackal ate the Elephant
- January 13, 2022
By Kayva Gokhale
One day, while strolling in the jungle, Mahachaturaka- a jackal, stumbled upon a dead elephant lying in his path. He was overjoyed. The elephant was huge and could sustain the jackal for a long, long time. However, there was a problem. The elephant’s hide was very tough and the jackal did not have sharp claws or teeth needed to cut away the hide and get to the flesh.
Illustrator: Ram Waeerkar | Script: Kamala Chandrakant
While Mahachaturaka was deep in thought, he saw a lion coming his way. Wanting to win his favour, the jackal approached the lion and said,
“My Lord, I am your loyal servant and have been guarding this dead elephant so that you may feast upon it.”
The lion was proud. He said,
“I only eat what I have hunted myself! However, since you are such a loyal servant, you can have this elephant for yourself.”
And so the lion walked away, leaving Mahachaturaka with the elephant.
A few minutes passed, and the jackal once again heard footsteps coming in his direction. He spotted a tiger. He knew that the tiger was not as proud as the lion and was afraid that he would eat up the elephant. Quickly thinking o...