Once upon a time, there was a river that flowed through a deep forest. On one bank of the river, there lived a handsome and clever deer. In the river, there lived a wicked crocodile. From the day the crocodile had seen the deer he wanted to catch him.
One day when the deer was grazing near the river, he saw some bright red berries on the opposite bank. He said to himself, “Oh! Those berries look so delicious, I wish I could go across and eat them!”. The deer kept thinking of the juicy berries and thought, “If only I could get across! But the wicked crocodile and his friends will eat me the moment I get into the water. Oh! What do I do?”.
The clever deer now stood at a safe distance and said, “The king is holding a banquet tonight and is inviting you and the other crocodiles. There will be a lot of delicious food there.” The crocodile was pleased to hear this, “Wow! The King is inviting us? This is unbelievable!” he said in wonder. Then he turned to the deer and asked, “Is the banquet tonight ?”.
“Yes,” replied the deer, “The King has asked me to count the crocodiles and report the number to him. Call all the crocodile in the river and ask them to line up one behind the others so that I can count them.” He crocodile called out to all his friends and told them about the banquet. He said to them, “Go on now line up so that the deer can count us.” The crocodiles obeyed.
The clever deer then said. “I will climb onto your backs and jump from one to the others as I count. You \won’t eat me will you ? If you do I won’t be able to report to the King and you won’t be invited to the banquet”.
“No no, we won’t eat you! We promise!” said the crocodiles together. The deer then jumped from one crocodile to the other counting. “One, two, three…” as he went. He finally reached the other bank and said, “Well, thank you Mr. Crocodile for your help! This will now be new home!” he than ran off leaving the crocodiles angry and annoyed at being tricked.
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