The Monkey And The Crocodile

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This story is part 26 of 102 stories in the series Panchatantra Stories
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  1. The Crows And The Serpent
  2. The Cat, Partridge And The Hare
  3. The Gold Giving Serpent
  4. The Heron And The Crab
  5. The Day Dreaming Priest
  6. The Sage’s Daughter
  7. The Moon Lake
  8. The Bhrahmin And The Three Thugs
  9. The Giant And The Helpless Bhrahmin
  10. The Owls Became Enemies Of The Crows
  11. The Trader Dantila And The Sweeper Gorambha
  12. The King And The Parrots
  13. Town Visit Of A Village Mouse
  14. The Mongoose And The Baby In The Cradle
  15. The Hermit And The Jumping Rat
  16. The Thief, The Giant And The Bhrahmin
  17. The Fox And The Elephant
  18. The Hunter And The Doves
  19. The Stag And His Antlers
  20. The Lapwings And The Sea
  21. The Talkative Tortoise
  22. The Bird With Two Heads
  23. The Bhrahmin And The Diamonds
  24. The Cat, The Rat And The Hunter
  25. The Falcon And The Crow
  26. The Monkey And The Crocodile
  27. The Golden Bird And The King
  28. The Power Of Unity
  29. The Louse And The Bad Bug
  30. The Useful Thief
  31. The Dog In A Foreign Country
  32. The Little Mice And The Big Elephants
  33. The Bhrahmin And The Delicious Dishes
  34. Three Fish And The Fisherman
  35. The Visit Of The Swan
  36. The Golden Goat
  37. The Donkey Who Sang A Song
  38. The Lion And The Woodcutter
  39. Dharambuddhi And Paapbuddhi
  40. The Shepherd And The Wolf
  41. The Merchant’s Son
  42. The Donkey And The Leopard’s Skin
  43. The Mice That Ate Balance
  44. The Foolish Jackal
  45. The Wise Crab
  46. The Revenge Of The Elephant
  47. The Cunning Judge
  48. The Bullock And The Lion
  49. The Bad Lady And The Wolf
  50. The King Nanda And The Vararuchi
  51. The Dhobi’s Donkey
  52. The Fool And The Crooks
  53. The Peacock And The Fox
  54. The Marriage Of A Snake
  55. The Old Greedy Crane
  56. The Foolish Monkey And The King
  57. The Rotating Wheel
  58. Two Fish And A Frog
  59. The Clever Jackal
  60. The Frog And The Serpent
  61. The Fake King
  62. The Rabbits And The Elephants
  63. The Prince And The Seedling
  64. Courtesy
  65. The Wind And The Sun
  66. The Bear And Golu And Molu
  67. King Chandra And The Monkey Chief
  68. The Four Friends And The Hunter
  69. The Cow And The Tiger
  70. Bhrahmadatta, The Crab and The Snake
  71. Beware Of Mean Friends
  72. The Donkey And The Cunning Fox
  73. The Crow And The Monkey
  74. When The Lion Came Back To Life
  75. The Devta And The Weaver
  76. The Potter’s Truth
  77. The Prince And The Bear
  78. The Monkey And The Log
  79. Somilaka The Weaver
  80. The Merchant And The Barber
  81. The Giant And The Horse Thief
  82. The Crow And The Water Pitcher
  83. The Four Foolish Bhrahmins
  84. The Rich Mohan And The Poor Sohan
  85. The Bats
  86. Who Will Bell The Cat?
  87. The Cunning Snake
  88. The Wolf And The Lamb
  89. The Old Wise Crow
  90. The Mouse And The Bull
  91. The Lioness And The Young Jackal
  92. The Camel With A Bell Round His Neck
  93. A Poor Bhrahmin’s Dream
  94. Death And Lord Indra’s Parrot
  95. The Lion And The Hare
  96. The King Cobra And The Ants
  97. The Bhrahmin And The Snake
  98. The Thief And The Sanyasi
  99. The Lion’s Bad Breath
  100. The Monkeys And The Red Berries
  101. The Jackal And The Arrow
  102. The Trick Of The Crow

Long, long ago, there lived a huge crocodile in the river Ganges. The river flowed through a dense jungle. On both sides of the river there stood tall jamun and other fruit trees. In one such tree there lived a big monkey by the name of Raktamukha.

He ate fruits from the tree and passed his days happily jumping from one tree to another. Sometimes, he climbed down the tree; took a bath in the river and rested for a while on its bank.

One day, the crocodile came out of the river and sat under the big jamun tree in which the monkey lived. The monkey who was sitting high on a branch saw the crocodile taking rest under the tree. He became very eager to talk to the crocodile and cultivate a friendship with him.

“Since you’re taking rest under the tree”, said the monkey, “you’re my guest. It’s my duty to offer you food.”

The monkey gave jamuns and other fruits to the crocodile to eat. The crocodile ate them and thanked the monkey for his hospitality.

The monkey and the crocodile talked together for hours and soon they became friends. They developed such friendship that neither of the two was happy to miss each other’s company even for a single day.

Early since morning, the monkey would start looking for the crocodile, and the crocodile would also swim up to the jamun tree as early as possible. They would sit together, have a hearty chat and the monkey would offer him the delicious jamuns. This became their daily routine.

One day, the monkey gave some fruits to the crocodile for his wife, as well. The crocodile took the fruits happily to his wife and also narrated the whole story to her.

The next day, the crocodile’s wife said to her husband, “Dear, if these fruits are so tasty, then the monkey who eats these fruits must be ten times more tasty. Why don’t you bring the heart of this monkey for my meals?”

The crocodile was shocked to hear these words from his wife. He said, “Darling, the monkey is my friend. It would not be fair to take his heart away from him.”

“That means, you don’t love me”, said the crocodile’s wife and began to weep.

“Don’t weep, dear”, said the crocodile. “I’ll bring the monkey’s heart for you.”

The crocodile swiftly swam to the other bank of the river and reached the tree where the monkey lived.

“My wife and I invite you to our home for a dinner. My wife is very angry with me for not having invited you earlier,” the crocodile said in a sad tone.

“But how will I go with you?” asked the monkey. I don’t know how to swim.”

“Don’t worry”, said the crocodile. “Just ride on my back. I’ll take you to my house.”

The monkey happily sat on the back of the crocodile and the crocodile started his journey in the water.

While in mid stream, the monkey became frightened to see the water all around him and asked the crocodile to swim at a slow speed so that he did not fall into the river.


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The crocodile thought that he could reveal his real intentions to the monkey, since it was impossible for him to escape from the middle of the river.

So he said to the monkey, I am taking you to my home to please my wife. She wants to eat your heart. She says that since you eat tasty fruits day and night, your heart must be ten times more tasty than those fruits.”

The monkey was taken aback to hear these words. He had never expected this type of a request from a friend. He kept his mental cool and said wittingly, “Very well friend.

It would be my privilege to offer my heart to your charming wife. But alas! you didn’t inform me earlier, otherwise, I’d have carried my heart with me. Which I usually keep in the hollow of the tree.”

“Oh!” said the crocodile, “I didn’t think of it earlier. Now we’ll have to go back to the tree.”

The crocodile turned and swam back to the bank of the river where the monkey lived.

Upon reaching the bank the monkey jumped off the crocodile’s back and quickly climbed up his home tree.

The crocodile waited for hours together for the monkey to return carrying his heart.

When the crocodile realized that the monkey was taking too long searching for his heart, he called him from the ground and said, “Friend, I believe, you must have found your heart by now. Now, please come down. My wife must be waiting for us and getting worried.”

But the monkey laughed and said sitting at the top of the tree, “My dear foolish friend. You’ve deceived me as a friend. Can any one take out his heart and keep that in a hollow.

It was all a trick to save my life and teach a lesson to a treacherous friend like you. Now get lost.”

The crocodile returned home with his head bent down.