Stories From Near And Far - Spain - The Mountain Lion Learns A Lesson (Episode 150)
Today's story, The Mountain Lion Learns A Lesson is an adapted folktale from Spain. It is a story about an arrogant Puma who learns a lesson.
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It is said that many, many years ago, there lived in Mexico a lion, as black as coal and strong like no other animal.
He knew that his presence scared the other animals in the forest, so he enjoyed scaring them whenever he saw the opportunity.
If he caught them off guard, he would suddenly start roaring, causing them to be greatly startled. Another of his favourite hobbies was to climb trees and jump noiselessly so close to them that they were terrified. The Puma had a lot of fun with these practical jokes, but the other animals were fed up with his pranks.
Children, do you play any tricks on your friends?
Remember, our pranks should not harm anyone.
One day, the Puma was running at such speed and suddenly it tripped over the house of a small grasshopper and destroyed it. The grasshopper got very angry.
“Do you think what you have done is nice?” he said angrily, facing him bravely.
“I'm tired of you acting so arrogantly and troubling all the animals in the forest. Look, you destroyed my home that I had so painstakingly made!”
“How dare you talk to me like that?” The Puma roared so loudly that it could be heard throughout the forest.
“An insect as small and useless as you doesn't have to tell me what I should or shouldn't do, that's all!”
The grasshopper was not scared, he gathered his courage and said, “That's what you think?” the grasshopper screeched, his voice becoming almost hoarse from the effort to appear threatening.
“You have kicked my home and you will have to take care of the rebuilding cost of it.”
“Ha ha ha! Don't even dream of it, you fool! Get out of the way and let me pass. I have more important things to do than be here wasting time with you.” Roared the lion
The Puma was preparing to leave without giving in, without even apologizing. This made the grasshopper enraged. “Since you are so brave and believe you are stronger and smarter than anyone, I challenge you to fight. Tomorrow at this time, we will face each other right here. I will gather my army and you will gather yours. We'll see who wins!”
Children, whom do you think will be in the army of the grasshopper and the army of the lion?
Let’s listen ahead.
“Alright! You and your army will get what they deserve and then you will learn to respect me," shouted the lion, convinced that the grasshopper had everything to lose.
Both, the Puma and the grasshopper went in search of their army. The grasshopper gathered his friends the wasps; the Puma asked some of the foxes. When the appointed time arrived, the two sides appeared ready to confront each other in the open field. They looked at each other with contempt and watched every movement.
One of the foxes with the most experience in this type of situation decided it was time to attack. He looked at the Puma to ask for his approval and when it nodded, he encouraged the others to attack the opponents, “Attack! Let not even one of those insects remain!”
The grasshopper reacted and also shouted at the army of wasps at him. “Let's go, friends! This is going to be a piece of cake! Attack!”
The Puma and the foxes were much larger in size and strength, but they did not have the secret weapon of the wasps
Children, what do you think the secret weapon of the wasps is?
Yes, indeed, the secret weapons are their stingers.
They took their secret weapons and stuck them into the backs of their enemies, again and again.
The Puma and the foxes began to jump due to the unbearable pain.
The stings were hurting the Pumaand foxes so much that they ran towards the nearest lake and jumped into the water to relieve the stinging. They submerged their bodies except their heads. The dozens of wasps, under the orders of the grasshopper, remained buzzing a short distance above them.
If the Puma and the foxes wanted to get out of the water, wham!... They would come back to bite them! So they had to soak for hours.
As night fell, the temperature of the water dropped and they were so cold that their bones were hurting. They were hungry, thirsty, and could no longer bear the strain of staying afloat. Putting aside his pride, the Puma surrendered.
“Okay, grasshopper. I admit that I was wrong. You and your army have won the battle,” the Puma acknowledged with a tired voice.
Of course, the Puma felt very humiliated but had no other option. The grasshopper sighed and applauded his faithful wasp friends as a thank-you for their help. Then he looked into the lion’s eyes, “I hope you have learned your lesson. Strength is not the most valuable thing one has. Nor is size or believing oneself better than others. And let it be clear to you: no matter how small some of us may be, together we can defeat the most powerful.”