The illustrated fable for children “The Tiger and the Jackal” from ✧The Parrot✧ collection ✑ by Christy Astremsky
Christy Astremsky

The Tiger and the Jackal

There once lived in the jungle
А Tiger, mean and savage.
A Jackal was there by his side, 
Who learned to hunt and scavenge,
When living in the jungle –
You eat, or you are eaten.
And everybody knows:
Eating your neighbor’s not forbidden.
Our Jackal was expecting
The Tiger to protect him.
He’d stay there with his master
And serve him ever after.

To provide Tiger with the food
He ran around the neighborhood,
And scoured the jungle every day
In constant search of easy prey.
The scoundrel would see lost deer
And tell the Tiger, “Prey is near!
I think the animals are weak,
They look so lost, they look so sick.”
The Tiger heard those words, he acted fast
And soon, the deer’s time was past.
The Tiger was quite satisfied
With the Jackal by his side.
Sometimes if one has strength and power
He thinks he can devour
The helpless for his ration
Without any compassion,
Without morals either.
So this was how they lived, 
The Jackal and the Tiger.
One day the Tiger felt like eating.
The Jackal was beside him, sleeping.
The Tiger’s hunger was so strong
That he just couldn’t wait too long.
He was too overweight to stalk,
And hesitant to even walk!
He ate his mate without remorse
And thought, “It’s nature taking its course!”

Yes, in the jungle this is real –
A scoundrel will become a meal.
And it is useful to observe
That you will get what you deserve!

The Parrot
A collection of five fables 
 Including the fable “The Tiger and the Jackal”
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