Rumour is a Great Traveller
Once upon a time, it happened in a forest that a hare was resting under a banyan tree. He had an intuition of doom and thought, “What would happen to me if the earth will break?”
Suddenly, he heard a weird striking sound. He said, “It’s happened ,the earth is breaking up.” He jumped up and ran madly without even observing the direction.
When he was running through the forest, another hare saw him and asked, “What happened?” The hare cried, “The earth is breaking up. You better run too.” The second hare ran so fast that he overtook the first hare. As they were passing the forest, they shouted, “The earth is breaking up, the earth is breaking up.” Very soon thousands of hares were running through the forest.
On seeing hares running through the forests, the other animals too got frightened. The news spread from mouth-to-mouth and soon everyone came to know that the earth was breaking up. It didn’t take much time before all the animals joined the race. All creatures whether reptiles or birds, insects or four footed animals, everyone was trying to escape and their cries of fear created chaos all around.
A lion standing on a hill saw all the animals running and thought, “What is the matter? He ran down the hill rapidly and positioned himself in front of the crowd. He shouted at them, “Stop! Stop!” The powerful presence of the lion curtailed the rising wave of fright among the animals.
A parrot yelled, “The earth is breaking up”, alighting on a rock near him. The lion asked, “Who said it?” The parrot replied, ” I head it from the monkeys.” When the monkeys were asked, they replied that they heard it from the tigers. When the tigers were asked it was found that they were informed by the elephants. The elephants told that the buffaloes formed their source.
Finally, when the hares were caught up, they pointed one to another until the one who started this menace was recognized.
The lion asked the hare as to what made him think that the earth was breaking up. The hare wavering in fear answered that he heard it cracking. The lion investigated the matter and explored that the sound that the hare had heard has been caused by a large coconut falling from a tree.
The lion said to all the animals, “Go back to your homes. Next time onwards check a rumour before acting on it.”