The Lion’s Bad Breath – Panchatantra Stories in English | Moral Stories for Kids by Mocomi

The Lion’s Bad Breath – Panchatantra Stories in English | Moral Stories for Kids by Mocomi

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The Lion’s Bad Breath One afternoon, a lion was in a very foul mood
because he had heard rumours spreading that he had very bad breath. He pretended that he did not care, but secretly
wanted to find out the truth for himself. Later that day, the lion summoned three of
his counsellors – the sheep, the wolf and the fox. He first addressed the sheep and asked, “Tell
me, do you think my breath smells bad?” The sheep thought the lion wanted to know
the truth and humbly bowed before the lion and said, “Yes, your Majesty! Your breath smells terrible. In fact, it smells so bad that it makes me
feel sick.” This was not what the lion wanted to hear. He roared loudly with anger and banished the
sheep from the court. Then, he called the wolf and said, “Tell
me, O wolf! Do you think my breath smells bad?” The wolf had already seen what the lion did
to the sheep when she told him the truth. He had no intentions of ending up the same
way. He folded his hands and said, “Your Majesty! I wonder who in the world told you your breath
smells! Your breath smells as sweet as the flowers
in spring. I simply love to be around you.” Understanding that the wolf was lying, the
lion banished him too. At last, the lion called the fox. The fox had seen the fate of the sheep and
the wolf. They had both been punished for telling the
truth and for lying. He did not know what to tell the lion. “Tell me, O fox,” growled the Lion, “Do
you think my breath smells?” The fox coughed and sneezed and blew his nose,
and then clearing his throat noisily, said in a hoarse voice, “I’m sorry, your Majesty! I have such a nasty cold. I cannot smell anything.” The lion found his excuse to be genuine, and
allowed him to stay. This proves it’s better to be safe than
sorry!

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