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The Tigerís Magical Wand

© Forest Ang

....Why didnít the clever monkeys learn any lesson....

Travel, indeed can be an eye opener for some. Not long ago, I made a tour into the previously communists infested jungle in Thailand.

After the Communist Party of Malaya surrendered, many tourists have traveled to the border of Malaysia and Thailand to learn about their lives. There were many stories on their experiences in the jungle. There is one that I would like to share with you. I called it the tigerís magical wand.

The monkeys were agile, quick and witty. But they were no match as compared with the calm and wise tiger.

Tigers hunt animals for food. The cats sometimes climb trees to catch the prey. Unlike what you have read, tigers donít really always chase for prey.

According to an ex-communist, the tiger waited under the tree and waggled her tail to attract the monkeysí attention. Unlike the quick waggling of dogs when approach by their master, the tiger waggled in a slow wavy motion. The monkeys being the curious lot came down from the tree within a certain distance to check the strange phenomenon. Once within reach, the tiger sprung at the monkey and killed it instantly. She did not eat the meal. She placed the dead monkey beside her and continued the tail-waggling stunt.

You would have guessed that all the monkeys would have run away!! No, in actual fact the monkeys stayed behind, jumping and screaming in ďprotestĒ but eventually calm down to watch. The tiger waggled on. The tiger waited patiently.

Slowly another curious monkey came down to investigate. ďHow come a moving hairy stick with orange and black kept waving, a magic wand?Ē perhaps that was what the monkey thought. Suddenly the tiger pounded at the monkey. A sharp cried and the frightening scream of the other were heard. The monkey fell and the tiger piled up the dead monkey.

Monkey after monkey, the same act of waggling tail and leaping on a kill kept for several cycles until dusk. There was a huge pile of at least 7 monkeys!

Why didnít the clever monkeys learn any lesson?

Well, like the monkeys, we human have not learned many lessons too! We knew smoking cigarettes caused cancer but we still do it. We knew air pollution will damaged our lung but we keep polluting the air. We knew water is life but we keep chopping down trees. We knew a lot, we are clever but we will continue to destroy the environment that sustains us. Are we going to be the monkeys (that never learn)?

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