Best English Short Story – The Monkey and the Crocodile
Several monkey lived on a tree which was in a village. The tree was on the bank of a pond. There was a pair of crocodiles who lived in the pond.One day , the wife became ill. The doctor prescribed only a single medical which could cure the ailing crocodile.According to the doctor, the heart of a monkey could have a soothing effect on the patient and she would become well again.
The crocodile, Knowing that there were many monkeys on the tree, offered each one of them to accompany him for a joy-ride in the pond. But none of them was willing to accept the offer. However, there was an old monkey who had never enjoyed a joy-ride before. He was tempted to go with the crocodile. He sat on the back of the crocodile and they soon became good friends. When they had reached the deep waters, the crocodile stopped and revealed to him his real purpose. The crocodile requested the old monkey to give him his heart to cure his ailing wife. The monkey replied, “ Oh friend, it will be a pleasure if i can be of some help to you. Please take me back as i have left my heart on the top of the tree so that it can be safe there. I’ll give it to you. You have to take me bank to the bank.”
The foolish crocodile believed the words of the monkey who, on reaching the bank, hurriedly climbed his tree and then disappeared.
Moral of the Story – Presence of mind saves one from great dangers.