However, as they grew up, they behaved differently and often fought among themselves. This was because the jackal had different traits of his species. But the lion and the lioness
overlooked their childhood actions.
One day, as they were playing near their den, a wild elephant approached them. While the young jackal prepared to flee, the young lions rushed forward to attack. The young jackal said, "He is a natural enemy. Come with me, let us go home."
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The young lions followed him back, but they were amazed by their brother's cowardice. They laughed at their brother, and made fun of him. They even mocked and told the story to their parents. This made the jackal very angry.
When the mother lioness talked to the young jackal later, the jackal said, "I am not inferior to them in any action. May it be bravery, or looks or education or intelligence. Look at how they ridicule me! I have promised myself that I will kill them as my revenge!"
When the lioness heard these words, she knew immediately what to do. She said, "My son, what you say is true. You are not inferior, but you are a jackal and behave like your species. Many years ago, I took pity on you and raised you among by cubs as my own son. But, now that you talk of revenge, I must ask you to leave."
But he could not take proper care of his donkey. The surroundings where he lived, lacked grass; and the washerman did not have enough to offer the donkey to eat. As a result, the donkey had grown lean and weak. Even Shuddapatta was worried with his donkey's health.
One particular day, Shuddapatta was wandering in the jungle, where he came across a dead tiger. He at once struck an idea.
He thought, "It is my luck that I have a dead tiger. I will skin the tiger and take the skin home. I will cover the donkey with the tiger's skin and let him graze in the nearby barley fields after sunset. The farmers will not dare to come near him fearing my donkey as a tiger. This way, he will be able to eat as much as he wants."
The washerman did so after sunset, and the donkey returned unharmed after he had eaten to his heart's content.
From then onwards, the washerman would cover his donkey with the tiger's skin every night and lead him to the fields. The farmers did spot him, but mistook it for a tiger. They did not even venture out of their homes in fear. All the time, the donkey ate as much as he liked and returned home. In the morning, he would stand in the washerman's stall without anybody suspecting anything.
As time passed, the donkey regained his health, and the washerman did not have to worry about his food.
One night, as he was feeding on the fresh barley crops in the fields, he heard a sound. It was a female donkey braying from a distance. He was attracted and brayed in return.
he farmers, who were watching him from inside for fear of the tiger, heard this and realized that it was a donkey and not a tiger. They came out to observe, it was indeed a donkey dressed in tiger's skin. They chased the donkey with sticks, and killed him.