A rich man decided to go on a vacation in India. He took his faithful pet beagle along for company. One day, the beagle starts chasing butterflies and before long discovers that he is lost.
So, wandering around, he notices a tiger heading rapidly in his direction with the obvious intention of having him for lunch. The beagle thinks, "I’m in trouble!" Then he noticed some bones on the ground close by, and immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the tiger is about to leap, the beagle exclaims loudly, "Boy, that was one delicious tiger. I wonder if there are any more around here!"
Hearing this, the tiger halts his attack in mid-stride, as a look of terror comes over him, and slinks away into the trees. "Whew," grunts the tiger. "That was close. That weird creature nearly had me." Meanwhile, a monkey, who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the tiger. So, off he goes.
But the beagle saw him heading after the tiger with great speed, and figured that something must be up.
The monkey soon catches up with the tiger, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the tiger. The tiger, furious at being made a fool of, says, "Here monkey, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving little thing."
Now the beagle sees the tiger coming with the monkey on his back, and thinks, "What am I going to do now?" But instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn't seen them yet... and, just when they get close enough to hear, the beagle says: "Where's that darn monkey? I sent him off over an hour ago to bring me another tiger!"
When he turned around... he was alone.
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