Behind the Mount Asir there was a thick dense forest covered with wild bushes, large trees and different types
of animals. All the animals were friendly to each other and they lived in harmony. The wild and domestic
animals all lived together. In the heart of the forest was a small oasis where all the animals quenched their
thirst as the river that flowed by was very far off. Unlike other forests, this forest had a King called "The Asad"
(The Lion). In fact apart from the Asad all the other animals were seen in the forest. This was the main reason
why the animals were happily united. Their happiness did not last for long. One day a ferocious Asad from
another forest happened to pass by. He was angry and filled with revenge as another strong Asad had
defeated him and become the king of the forest.
As he was lapping the water from the oasis he saw a deer
coming towards him. Surprised that the deer was not scared of him, the Asad snarled in anger. Yet still
the deer did not panic at all. The Asad growled and said, "Hey you deer! Do you not know who I am?" The deer said
in a bold voice, "Introduce yourself if you wish to". The Asad was hurt by the deer's remark and roughly retorted,
"I am the king of the forest. The Majesty! The Asad!" and growled aloud. The surprised deer said, "We have no king. Neither do we need one. So please
go and leave us in peace".
Hearing this the Asad was very angry and as he was hungry with no prey for days together he sprang on
the deer and tore him to pieces. The poor deer had no time to react as it was a sudden attack. Now all
this was seen by a rabbit. He was busy nibbling some carrots and cabbage behind a thick dense bush and had not only
overheard the conversation but seen the horrific scene with his own eyes. As he saw Asad chewing the tender
bones of the poor deer, the rabbit started shivering and fell down unconscious. When he came back to his
senses, Asad was still there chewing the bones of the deer. The rabbit quietly slipped away from behind the
bushes and ran as fast as he could to the interior of the forest where the other animals lived. Now the animals
were having a function. It was the wedding occasion of the bull and the cow.
As the animals were all in the midst of their celebration nobody noticed the red faced frightened rabbit dashing through. An old crow who was sitting on the top of the highest tree noticed the weeping rabbit and at once realized that something was wrong. Who could ever cry on such a happy occasion? Above all the bride and the groom that is the bull and the cow were well known for their polite and hospitable nature. The old crow flew down and instructed the music master, the beetles group to at once stop the music and then apologizing to the bride, the groom, the family
and the relatives he pointed out to the rabbit. All were shocked to see the rabbit frightened. Frightened was
a strange feeling in their forest. No one was scared of anyone. All lived peacefully together as a family. What was
the reason for the rabbit's fright? All were concerned. Everyone bombarded the rabbit with questions. Some
screamed. Some whispered. Some cried. Some just looked in awe. Everyone forgot about the bridal couple
and the couple themselves forgot about their wedding. All were concerned about the rabbit.