Once upon a time there lived an ape in the woods. It was widely revered by all the animals in the jungle. It was known for its antics and travels. It could jump, run and climb trees with great skill and animals enjoyed seeing monkey doing all the tricks for them.
Animals viewed the monkey as gift of mother goddess forest. Even lion and elephant enjoyed the tricks that monkey played with them. It would ride on elephant back and even used to pull lionâs tail without getting caught.
The monkey was also a wide drifter. He had trekked all the routes and courses of the vast land. It used to bring the funny and exciting news and delicacies of faraway places. The monkey acted as the unofficial harbinger. He had stories of different places and he had wide knowledge of affairs of jungle. He solved the hitches and snags of jungle. He could tell animals where they will find abundant grass, fruits and water in summer and where they can migrate in harsh winters. Though clever and wise, still monkey never had airs of his skill.
All the animals often said great words about monkey except jackal. The jackal felt jealous of this monkey as monkey had often exposed cruel tricks to animals of shrewd jackal. Only few days back jackal colored itself with blue dye and acted as Godâs envoy and demanded great hospitality for himself. All the worried animals visited monkey to ask him whether it has seen such strange creature. The monkey solved the riddle within a week by just keeping a watchful eye on jackal.
The jackal wanted to ruin monkey as lion king had got annoyed because monkey had exposed him. It thought, âIf monkeyâs all the skills are robbed away by a trick then monkey wonât be a glitch for him. It schemed and planned for months and then it had an idea on how it can turn this chimp into chump, with no travels.â
One fine morning jackal went to monkey. On the tree top a black bird cawed. When monkey climbed down from tree the Jackal said to monkey, âOh wise monkey, I always suspected you. Please forgive me for my misadventures and also be kind to accept an exotic gift which my angel ancestors have asked me to give you.â The monkey refused, but jackal gave monkey an exotic rare gift and left. The monkey was perplexed at jackalâs such sudden heart change. The monkey saw the gift was too exotic and rare and kept on wondering, âWhy Jackal has gifted it to him only.â
Next morning the animals assembled in jungle yard and monkey was its usual self. The story of an exotic gift had travelled throughout jungle, so animals were excited to know what the gift was. The monkey continued to tell old brave stories and also told about rare and exotic gift given by jackal.
Now animals thought that monkey always narrated and enriched them with wonderful stories , so they should also give presents to monkey. Also, if a cruel jackal can appreciate monkey then why cannot animals appreciate the monkey for his exceptional services.
Now, animals started bringing gifts to monkey on their visits. Monkey also felt appreciated that animals were so generous with their gifts. It had now all the exotic gifts and food at his abode, so it spent most of time dreaming, storing and hiding the gifts. Whenever any animal visited monkey, it mostly talked to animals about old stories and its possessions and gift.
Days went on and monkey now was richest animal of the forest having all the exotic delicacies and foods at his doorstep. Even lion king looked like pauper in comparison to monkey. The king felt jealous and planned of confiscating all of monkeyâs wealth at slightest mistake. The jackal was happy that ultimately he had ruined the monkey with one false gift.
All was not well and wise crow was worried since the day of jackalâs visit. It used to always watch monkey greed for gifts with lot of disdain. It was concerned that now monkeyâs stories and adventures were no more exciting and monkey talked more about gifts brought by animals than about his adventures and experiences. The wise crow was worried about moral fall of monkey, the doyen of animal kingdom.