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A rabbit and two ducks were intimate friends. They used to meet on the bank of a river and have detailed discussions.

One day the ducks told the rabbit that they had found a carrot farm on the other bank of the river. The rabbit was excited and sought the help of his friends to cross the river, reach the farm and relish the carrots.

The ducks agreed to carry him across the river.

They devised an ingenious plan to cross the river. The two ducks entered the river and stayed close to each other.

The rabbit carefully mounted on their back and stayed still, placing his forelimbs on one duck and his hind limbs on the other duck.

Then the ducks slowly swam across the river, staying close to each other. The rabbit cautiously balanced his body on top of the moving birds.

As they reached the center of the river, the ducks saw a large number of fishes swimming together.

In the excitement of finding a delicious meal in the shoal, the ducks quickly swam to either side to catch the prey.

They forgot about the poor rabbit who fell down into the deep river as the ducks moved away.

The ducks remembered their mission only after they finished their feast. But, by that time the rabbit had drowned.

The foolish ducks were sorry to miss their dearest friend. They cursed their crazy craving for food.

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Moral

The Book of Proverbs in the Holy Bible advises, “Keep company with the wise and you will become wise. If you make friends with stupid people, you will be ruined” {Proverbs 13: 20}.

St. John advises what is true friendship, “My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action” {1 John 3:18}.

Jesus taught us, “My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. The greatest love that a person can have for his friends is to give his life for them” {John 15: 12, 13}.

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