Once upon a time, there was a royal elephant
that used to reside in the premises of the
king’s palace. The elephant was very dear to the
king, so he was cared, well-fed and
well-treated. There was a Dog who used to live
in the neighborhood of the Elephant shed. He was
very weak and skinny. He was always fascinated
by the smell of the rich sweet rice being fed to
the royal elephant.
One day, the Dog could not resist the aroma of
the rice and somehow, he sneaked into the
Elephant’s shed. He ate the sweet rice that fell
from the Elephant’s mouth. He liked the rice so
much, that he started coming daily to eat the
rice. For days, the huge Elephant didn’t notice
the small dog as he was busy in enjoying the
delicious food. Gradually, the Dog became bigger
and stronger by eating such rich food. He came
under the notice of the Elephant.
The Elephant used to enjoy the company of the
Dog and started sharing his food with him. Both
of them also started sharing time with each
other and soon, they made good friends. They ate
together, slept together and played together.
While playing, the Elephant would hold the Dog
in his trunk and swing him back and forth. It
didn’t take long, when neither of them was happy
without the other. They became great friends and
didn’t want to get separated from each other.
Then one day, a man saw the Dog and asked the
Elephant-keeper, “I want to buy this Dog. What
price do you seek for the Dog?” The
Elephant-keeper didn’t own the Dog still he sold
the Dog and extracted a sum of money out of this
deal. The man took the Dog to his home village,
which was quite far away. The King’s Elephant
became very sad after this incident. He missed
his friend a lot and started neglecting
everything. He didn’t want to do anything
without his dear friend, so stopped eating,
drinking and even bathing.
Ultimately, the Elephant-keeper reported this to
the King; however he didn’t tell anything about
the Dog. The King had a wise minister, who was
known for his understanding of animals. At once,
the King asked the minister, “Go to the Elephant
shed and find out the reason for the Elephant’s
condition”. The intelligent minister went to the
Elephant shed and found the Elephant very sad.
He looked the Elephant all over and asked the
Elephant-keeper, “There is nothing wrong with
this Elephant’s body, then why does he look so
sad? I think this Elephant is grief stricken,
possibly due to the loss of a dear friend. Do
you know if this Elephant shared a close
friendship with anyone?”
The Elephant-keeper said, “There was a Dog who
used to eat, sleep and play with the Elephant.
He has been taken by a stranger three days ago”.
The Minister asked, “Where is the Dog?” and he
replied,”I don’t know”. The minister went back
to the King and said, “Your majesty, as per my
opinion, the royal Elephant is not sick, but he
is lonesome without his dear friend, the Dog”.
The King said, “You’re right, friendship is one
of the most wonderful things of life. Do you
know where that Dog is?”
The Minister replied, “Elephant-keeper has
informed that a stranger took him away and he
didn’t know about his whereabouts”. The King
asked, “How can we bring back my Elephant’s
friend and make him happy again?” The Minister
suggested, “Your Majesty, make a declaration,
that whoever has the dog that used to live at
the royal Elephant’s shed will be penalized”.
The King did the same and the man who took the
dog, instantly turned him loose when he heard
When got free, the Dog ran back as fast as he
could to reach the Elephant’s shed. The Elephant
was so delighted to see the Dog that he picked
his friend with his trunk and made him sit on
his head. The Dog waved his tail, while the
Elephant’s eyes sparkled with happiness. The
King was contented to see the happy Elephant
once again. He also rewarded the minister for
his wise judgment. Both, the Elephant and the
Dog lived happily thereafter.