The Ant and the Dove

On a hot scorching day of summer, an ant was walking around in search of water. After walking around for some time, she saw a river and was delighted to see it. She climbed up on a small rock to drink the water, but she slipped and fell into the river. She was drowning but a dove who was sitting on a nearby tree helped her. Seeing the ant in trouble, the dove quickly dropped a leaf into the water. The ant moved towards the leaf and climbed up on it. The dove then carefully pulled the leaf out and placed it on the land. This way, the ant’s life was saved and she was forever indebted to the dove.

The ant and the dove became the best of friends and days passed happily. However, one day, a hunter arrived at the forest. He saw the beautiful dove sitting on the tree and aimed his gun at the dove. The ant, who was saved by the dove saw this and bit on the heel of the hunter. He shouted from the pain and dropped the gun. The dove was alarmed by the voice of the hunter and realised what could have happened with him. He flew away!

Moral of the Story – A good deed never goes unrewarded.

 

Questions & Answers

  1. Why was the ant walking around?
    Ans: The ant was walking around in search of water.
  2. What happened to the ant when it climbed up on a small rock to drink water?
    Ans: The ant slipped and fell into the river when it climbed up on a small rock to drink water.
  3. How did the dove help the ant?
    Ans: The dove helped by putting a leaf into the water and then pulling the leaf out of the   water with the ant on it.
  4. How did the ant help the dove?
    Ans: the ant bit on the heel of the hunter which made him drop his gun in pain.

 

Word Power

  • Scorching (adjective) – very hot
  • Delighted (verb) – feeling or showing great pleasure
  • Drowning (verb) – dying through submersion in and inhalation of water
  • Indebted (verb) – owing gratitude or recognition to another
  • Alarmed (verb) – make (someone) feel frightened, disturbed, or in danger
  • Unrewarded (verb) – not recognized for the effort put in