The Tortoise and The Hare

This intriguing story of The Tortoise and The Hare is about a race between a tortoise and a hare, which teaches us the lesson that one can achieve success by doing things slowly and steadily, rather than by acting carelessly and hastily.

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The Tortoise and the Hare

A long, long time ago, there lived a hare in the forest who always boasted of his running speed. Often he would tease the tortoise for being the slowest animal around. One fine day, he dared the tortoise to a race in order to exhibit his skills in front of other animals in the forest. Fed up of the hare’s bragging, the tortoise finally accepted the challenge and decided to compete him to a race.

On the day of the race, all the animals of the forest gathered to watch the competition between the hare and the tortoise. Just as they were about to begin the race, the hare mocked the tortoise for accepting the challenge. Further, he also mentioned that soon after he wins the race, the tortoise would be ridiculed by other animals for accepting the dare. The tortoise kept silent and didn’t pay heed to the hare’s words.

The race began at the count of one, two and three! The hare immediately started running and the tortoise started in its usual slow pace. Soon the hare reached a long way ahead almost a few yards from the finish line. He looked back to check if the tortoise was anywhere nearby. However, the tortoise was left far behind and almost could not be seen.

The hare decided to pause and take some rest on the way before he completes the race. He looked around and to his left, he noticed a field of cabbages and carrots. He decided to snack on cabbage and take a short nap so that he can quickly run past the finish line in a fresh mood.

Soon the hare fell into a deep sleep and dreamt of winning the competition. Time passed and the sun was already setting when he suddenly woke up. He quickly jumped to check if the tortoise was around. To his dismay, the tortoise was just a few steps away from the finish line.

Seeing the tortoise close to the finish line, the hare rushed towards it as fast as he could. However, it was already too late and the tortoise finally crossed the finish line, thereby winning the competition.

When the hare reached where the race ends, all the animals were laughing at him for losing the race to the tortoise. That very day, he learnt a lesson that bragging about something doesn’t win you accolades, hence you should never mock others for their own pace.

Moral of the Story:

Slow and steady wins the race!

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