The Jackal and the Stork

Morale of the story- YOU WILL GET SERVED THE WAY YOU SERVE OTHERS.

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Once upon a time, in a jungle there lived a Jackal and a Stork. They were very good friends. One day jackal asked stork to come to his place and they will have dinner together, stork agreed. While he was wondering what to serve for meal, he thought he’d play a trick on the bird. So he prepared tasty hot vegetable soup and poured it into two flat plates.

When stork came for dinner jackal served her hot vegetable soup and said “Help yourself, Mrs. Stork! I’m sure you’ll enjoy this! Taste it, you’ll find it delicious!”

For no matter how hard she tried, she could not drink the soup from that flat plate. She quickly saw the trick jackal had played on her. Stork tried again and again to drink the soup but since it was a flat – soup dish, the poor stork could not sip a single drop of it, with its long beak. “Thank you very much!” said the stork, sniffing the soup. But the sniggering jackal urged her,”Eat up! Don’t you like it?”

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She said, “I’m afraid I’ve such a headache that I’ve lost my appetite!” Jackal who was enjoying every moment of it, fussily replied,”What a shame, it’s such good soup! Too bad you couldn’t taste it! Maybe next time .” She felt very embarrassed and angry and decided to teach a lesson to the jackal.

Stork said, “I know the smell gives me a feeling that the soup is really tasty but I don’t feel too good today. Why don’t you join me tomorrow at my place for lunch?” Jackal accepted stork’s invitation and thought,  “Now, isn’t that nice of her! She hasn’t taken my little trick to heart either! A real lady!” Next morning jackal went to the stork’s place for lunch.

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Stork was really delighted to see her dear friend jackal. She invited him in and said, “I’ve cooked a really special meal for you my dear friend. Freshwater shrimps with Mushrooms!” On the thought of such delicious meal fox licked his lips and sniffed deeply. To his disbelief, stork handed him a narrow jug in which the soup was served. Jackal was unable to eat a bite, for he could not reach down with his nose into that long neck jar whereas on the other hand with her long beak, stork gobbled her lunch.

“Try it! Try it!” she said. “Don’t you like it?” But the unlucky fox, confused and outsmarted said, “The smell itself is so nice that I am full with it.”

And he walked empty stomach to his house, thinking of his lost lunch, he said to himself with a sigh, “I should have known, what I did to her she will do the same!”

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