long time ago, people kept slaves. These were servants who had to work without
being paid. One such slaves, was called Androcles. He was so badly treated by
his master that he ran away to the forest. As he was walking along, he saw a
lion. He was about to run away when he saw that the lion was not going to
attack him. It seemed to be in pain. Androcles walked up to it. The lion held
out its paw to him.
think the poor beat is hurt,” said Androcles to himself. “Let me see if I can help it.” So he gently
held the paw with both hands. He soon saw that the paw was swollen and bleeding
as there was a big thorn in it. Gently, Androcles pulled it out.
lion licked him as if to say, “Thank You”. Then it walked away. It was no
longer in pain.
few days later Androcles was caught by the king’s men and taken back. “A run away slave!” cried the king. “As a
punishment he must fight a wild animal.” So a huge lion that had just been caught was
got ready. It was not given food or water for three days so that it became
hungry and angry.
the day of the fight, the arena was filled with people. Androcles was led to
the arena and the lion let loose after him. The people watched fearfully. They
were sure the lion would tear the slave to pieces. The lion let out a mighty
road and rushed towards Androcles. But when it got close, it stopped. It began
to lick Androcles’ hand and then rolled over his feet like a great, big cat.
surprised the people were! Never had they seen such a sight ! They began to
cheer. The king called Androcles. When he heard the story, he said, “Such a
good, kind and brave man deserves to be free. So Androcles was released and the
lion was set free in the forest.
Even animals don’t forget a good deed.
SPOKEN ENGLISH TRAINER CUM RESEARCHER SALEM SOUTH INDIA 636002 MOBILE 99526 60402