Long times ago, all the animals living in the jungle lived peacefully. They helped each other and were friendly. The lion was the king. He governed the animals ini his kingdom in the jungle. Among the animals living in the jungle was Mouse deer. The Mouse deer was always cheerful and very confident. He was known as tricky and intelligent animal. Because of his intelligence and cleverness, the Mouse deer became conceited and over confident. He abused hs to deceive other animals.

?I?m the cleverest in the jungle. I am the best. No other animal can compare me.? ? If a person is afraid of the tiger, the crocodile or the elephant, it because they are big and fience.? ?But when they deal with me, I can always cheat them.?

The Mouse deer?s other habit is wandering. He would roam the jungle from one corner to another. He has the nerves to go anywhere. One day…………………….. ? Boy, its bad. It?s going to rain. I have to go home or otherwise I?ll get all wet.? ? It will be worse if the branches of these trees might fall on me.?

The Mouse deer ran and ran quickly, looking up to observe the clouds growing darker and darker. He did not notice there was a big hole in front af him, waiting to swallo him. And……………He plug into the hole…….. ? Oh, I am neer death!? ? Luckily, some shrubs and grass grew thick at the bottom of the hole …so it was a smooth landing.? ? But how can I get out of this hole. This hole is very deep too deep for me to reach the surface on the ground above.?

The Mouse deer tried hard to jump onto the surface but could not reach it…… Tired and hopeless, he could only rest thinking af any possible way to get out of the hole…. After long anough of waiting and trying, he eventually the sounds of heavy steps… ?What is that sound up there?? From the depth of the hole, he could see the elephant passing by……. ? Elephant ! Come here quickly !? ? Deer elephant. You?re the mighty one. I care for you. You?re good friend of mine. I must tell you that world is going to end …….? ? The sky above us is going to collapse and fall to the ground ….. Look up for yourself ! Now you can see.?

The elephant who had never noticed the sky above before suddenly felt scared….. ? The sky is really dark.? ?Look! The clouds are moving. That?s the sign that the sky is going to fall.? ?You?re right, Mouse deer! The sky is going to fall ….. But why are you hiding down there? Why dont you run and escape. Come up quickly.? ? Oh thats very kind of you tell me, deer Mouse deer. Please let me get down and join you in your hiding place. Please let me go down. I?m scared. The sky is going to fall on.? ? Well, you?re a good friend of mine. Now get down and safe yourself in this safe place.? The Elephant went down into the hole slowly. The Mouse deer moved aside to avoid his big body. ?Well well. You have to stay here. Go nowhere.? ? I?m going to go and see our friends up there, we might have to help them too, I?m going to tell them to hide here.?

The elephant obeyed and sat down. The Mouse deer leaped onto his back and up onto the ground. The elephant did not realize that the Mouse deer had played a trick on him. What a smart animal!! …… He was very happy. Only in second the Mouse deer was alredy on the ground. Witahout looking back, he ran quickly into the jungle leaving the elephant alone in the hole. The Mouse deer continued to run into the jungle because he thought that the elephant would learn that he had deceived him and would kill him…….. He suddenly stopped………… ?Oh no, there is a wide river in front, I can?t go on……? ? I?ll try to get some banana trunks to make a raft to cross the river. But, there are not any around here. How then………?? The Mouse deer was thinking of how to get to the other of the river. Not far from where he was, a group of crocodile were gathering. ?Hi friends. Isn?t it the Mouse deer over there. He usually deceives all animals in the jungle.? ? You?re right. This is time for us to catch him,? ? Yes, lets surround him.? The crocodiles dived to where the Mouse deer was standing. As soon as they get close to him, the cocodile came to the surface of the water. The Mouse deer was surprised to see the crocodile around him. ?Aha ………. it?s nice to see you again, Mouse deer.? ?Oh this is horrible, these crocodile are going to kill and eat me.? ?Mouse deer, it?s time for you to die. You have fooled us many times before. You?d better surrender.? ? Come here, and we?ll make you our meal!! There is no way you can escape. We are feasting on your meat today!!? The Mouse deer stood still. But only for a while. He could control himself again. He already found a good idea to deal with the crocodiles. ? My dear friends, the crocodiles. I?ve wanted to surrender and become your good meals. But then came my second though…? ? My thin body will not make you full …….. Now listen to me…….? ? I met a wise man yesterday, he taught me how to fatten my self. This man also gave me some parfum to make my meat smell sweet. So if you already want to eat my meat, you cam say it?s good time.? The crocodiles looked at each other. They didin?t seem to really understand what the Mouse deer had said. ? Friends, I don?t believe what the Mouse deer said. He?ll probably deceive us again this time, becareful let?s listen to what he is going to said.? ? With his magic spell, the wise man has made my body sufficient to satisfy one hunderd hungry crocodiles. For that reason, I?m going to count ypu. Please form your selves in an orderly line. Don?t worry, everyone will get my meat!? ? Come on, queue up in an orderly line! I am going to start counting you. Don?t get messy or leave the row. I?ll run away if you do !? The Crocodiles were amazed. They followed the Mouse deer?s instructions and formed a neat straight line of crocodiles stretching from one side of the river to the other. ? Are you all ready ? I can start counting now……. one two three……..? The Mouse deer jumped on the crocodiles back tactfully from one side of the river towards the other side. ? Twenty five…. twenty six….. twenty seven……. twenty eight ……… twenty nine, thirty? Dear crocodiles, you are only thirty in al. How come?? ? My meat can make one hundred crocodiles full. Where are the others?? ? Listen ! I?m in hurry. I am having a meeting wth the Lion and the Elephant. So I have to go now. Hup……? ? Good bye stupid crocodiles. Have a nice day……? ? You?ll be able to eat Mouse deer meat only if you can catch me.? When the Mouse deer had already got to the other side of the river. ? Till we meet again, greedy crocodiles !……..? ? You?ll be ale to eat my meat when you are smart enough to do it.? The Mouse deer jumped his away off the crocodiles line. ? Bad so bad. He has cheated us again!? ? I wonder how can he still be so clever.? The Mouse deer had gone far into the jungle. He could always deceive other animals. He was witty, clever, intelligent and sometimes cunning too. One day………….. The Mouse der was walking along a very clear river. ? I?am the Mouse deer ! The clever, brave and shrewd animal !? ? Hi Mouse deer, where are you going? You look very happy. You?ve been singing happily.? The Mouse der stopped singing trying to find where the soft voice had come from……… ? Well, so it was you has just talked to me !? ? How are you, little snail? I mean are you small but not cute ugly like dirt.? ? Mouse deer, every animal knows you as clever animal. But now find you conceited and humiliating too !? ? Listen every animal has its own sterngth.? ? Poor snail, tell what your sterngth is. I am already curius,? ?Mouse deer , the clever animal. Listen carefully! I defy you on a race from here to the tree near the end of the deep part of the river. Who can reach the palce first is the winner! You or I ? Do you understand ?? ? Ho ho ho ! I can easily beat you even if I walk blindfolded. I don?t have to run. Lets start now!? ? Be patient dear friend. You need to practice first to beat me in the race. Let?s do it on Sunday ! ………..? ? Ok I?ll be back on Sunday. Don?t break your promise !? The Mouse deer walked back into the jungle. ? How could the Sanil be so conceited ? What is he going to show off ? How dare he was to defy me on the race?? The brave and daring Snail had in fact very clever ideas. He gathered other snails, his friends. ? Dear friends we are going to have a race with the Mouse deer on Sunday. We are going to trick him to win this race. We are going to teach him lesson on pride. He is very proud of himself.? ? You?ll have to hide yourselves behind a stone or grass along the river. And each of us has to come up every time the Mouse deer calls. This way we can confuse him.? ? Alright, so we are waiting for the day of the race.?

The waited Sunday finally came. The Mouse deer was desperately curius to find out the Snail?s strength. He had prepared some mocking expressions to say when he won the race. ? Hi Snail ! Are you ready for the race?? ?Of course I am! We Snails always keep our promises. We can start the race ow ! We start from the point here and finish under the tree near the end of the deep part of the river.? ? You can run anywhere in between and call me. I?ll come up and answer your call. Are you ready?? ? Of course I am. I know I?ll even if I walk slowly , I don?t have to run because I?m still faster ! I can beat you with only a jump !? ? Alright we can start the race now ! One……. two………three !……? The Snail dived in the water and the Mouse deer started walking slowly towards the finish line downstream line. After a few steps the Mouse deer called Snail. ? Snail where are you ? How far are you going ?? The Snail suddenly appeared out of the water in front of him. ? Cluck cluck, hi Mouse deer I am here, in front of you. Beat me if you can !? The Mouse deer could not understand why the Snail could be faster than him. ? Hi Snail where are you now ?? ? cluck cluck ! I am here in front of you. I am a few steps ahead. Run faster to keep up with me, Mouse deer !? The Mouse deer bacame more curious. The Snail was right. He was really a head of him, now he had to run as quickly as possible. ? Oh no I can?t afford to lose this race against a small Snail, I ave to run as fast as Ican !? ? If lose this race against the Snail, all animals in the jungle will laugh at me ! They will humilliate me.? But each time the Mouse deer called the Snail, the Snail was always seen a few steps in front of him and answered his call. The Mouse deer ran with all his might when he knew that the finish line was just a few steps a head under the tree. ? Snail ! Where are you ?? The Mouse deer was totally shocked to see the Snail perching on piece of stone under the tree smiling at him. ? Wow, you?re already there !?? ? Whetever you say I am the winner ! I don?t want the prize ar bet you promised. I only want to tell you. Mouse deer dont be conceited !! Every animal has its own sterngth and weaknesses. Now you have to admit it.? After saying his words of advice and instructions the snail dived back into the river…………..

The Mouse deer was left confused and bewildered thinking about his loss. He agreed with the Snail. Every animal has its own strength and weaknesses and that over confidence and pride will destroy one?s life.