Once, when a Lion was asleep, a little Mouse began running up and down upon him. This soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon him, and opened his big jaws to swallow him.
“Spare me!” begged the little Mouse. “Forgive me this time, I shall never forget it! I may be able to return the favor one of these day?”
The Lion was so tickled at the idea of the Mouse being able to help him that he lifted up his paw and let him go.
Some time after, the Lion was caught in a trap, and the hunters, who desired to carry him alive to the King, tied him to a tree while they went in search of a wagon to carry him on. Just then the little Mouse happened to pass by, and seeing the sad plight of the Lion, went up to him and soon gnawed away the ropes that bound the King of the Beasts.
“Was I not right?” said the little Mouse.
Little friends may prove great friends.