The Monkey and the Crocodile

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The Monkey and the Crocodile

An Indian story


Once upon a time a monkey lived in a tree by a river. The monkey was alone as he had no friends or family, but he was happy and content. The tree gave him plenty of sweet jamun fruit* to eat, shade from the sun and shelter from the rain.
One day a crocodile who was swimming up the river climbed on to the bank to rest under the monkey’s tree. ‘Hello’, called the monkey, who was a very friendly animal. ‘Hello’, replied the crocodile, surprised. ‘Do you know where I can get some food?’ he asked. ‘I haven’t had anything to eat all day and I am really hungry.’ Now you might think that the crocodile would want to eat the monkey, but this was a very kind and gentle crocodile and the thou