The Deceitful Pelican

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  • Ruan the fish lived in a large pool at the bottom of a waterfall with his family. Ruan would often lay at the bottom of the pool and try to blend in with the brown stone, as his father taught him. He was not very smart and never did anything different than what his family  had done for generations.
  • One day,  a pelican who had not  eaten for many days  came to the river where Ruan lived. He saw Ruan  at the bottom of the pool and came up with a plan.  He  exclaimed how he admired animals in the  river for living in such danger. Ruan forgot everything his father taught him and approached the pelican to ask him  what danger he spoke of, fearing for his family.
  • How I admire you all!
  • What?
  • The pelican informed Ruan that a terrible drought was on its way  and the pool they were in would dry  up,  causing him and his family to die.   Ruan did not  realize that the waterfall was still  gushing water strongly, as usual. Instead, he panicked about what would  happen to him and his family. However, the pelican said  he could carry Ruan in his beak to a pool fed by a deep spring that would not be affected by the drought.
  • What will I do?
  • I can help you!
  • At once, Ruan leaped into the pelican's beak and soon arrived in a pool further down the river.  He   praised the pelican for  helping him and  told him how much he loved the pond. Then, he asked to go with the pelican to warn his family.   He leaped out of the pelican's mouth and called his family over. He   frantically told his family about the drought  and the helpful pelican. Although startled and confused, they swam up to the   pelican, ready to go to  the new pool since they trusted Ruan.
  • Ruan decided he would go to the new pool first and wait for his family. His family was now extremely excited to move to the new pool and asked him to prepare the new pool for them so he did. Ruan waited for his family and the pelican but  they didn't come. He asked the fish in the new  pool if they had seen them or heard  about the drought and they hadn't. He began to doubt the pelican and  get worried.
  • What happened?
  • At the old pond, the pelican was  taking Ruan's children  into his pouch. But, instead of carrying them to the new pool, he was swallowing them one by one. Still, the baby fish were eager to enter the pelican's mouth as  they truly believed what their father told them.
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