There was once a thriving and beautiful jungle where various types of animals and birds lived in. There lived a parrot, famous for her medicinal treatment.
“Good morning parrot,” greeted a sparrow. “My chick has a stomach ache, can you help me?” asked the sparrow.
“Oh . . . that’s easy. Take a reddish black leaf. The leaf grows over there,” said the parrot, as it pointed the place out to sparrow. The sparrow collected the leaf and went home. His chick recovered after taking it. The next day, the sparrow stopped by to meet the parrot again.
“Thanks for your help parrot. Please accept these corns as a gift,” said the sparrow. The parrot was pleased to accept it. On another day, a squirrel dropped by.
“Oh Parrot! My wife sprained her leg, what is the medicine?” asked the squirrel.
“Rub this slowly on your wife’s leg,” said the parrot as she handed a root. The squirrel took the root and rubbed it on his wife’s leg. The next day, the squirrel dropped by again and brought along some food as a gift. With her knowledge in medicine, the parrot cured various illnesses of the animals in the jungle. They were very happy to live with the parrot. They would bring gifts when stopping by. In due time, the parrot hatched a cute parrot chick. The parrot looked after it carefully and fed it sufficiently. There was enough food given to them that the parrot did not have to look for it. The parrot chick grew bigger. Its body was covered with colorful feathers.
“I am going to teach you how to fly today,” said the parrot to her chick.
“No! Why do I have to fly?” asked the chick.
“You must learn how to fly so that you can go and look for food and protect yourself from the enemy,” said the parrot.
“No, we have enough food and we have no enemy. So, I don’t have to fly. I won’t do it!” the chick retorted. The chick spent most of its time sitting around and eating while watching other animals looking for food. One day, the parrot fell sick unexpectedly and later died. Many animals were sad. The parrot chick mourned and felt lonely as nobody came by anymore. After a few days, the parrot gradually ran out of food. The sparrow and squirrel came and brought fruits and grains for the chick. They sympathised with the chick, as it could not find any food by itself.
When drought hit, the inhabitants of the jungle migrated to another place to look for food. The chick was feeling worried as it could not fly. While perched on a small branch, the chick saw the sparrow and its family preparing to move. “Sparrow, are you going too?” asked the chick.
“Yes, we have to go. There isn’t any food left here,” the sparrow answered. “Aren’t you going?” asked the sparrow.
“I wish I could go with you, but I cannot fly!” cried the chick. “Will you show me how to fly?” the chick asked the sparrow.
“Learning to fly takes time. I’m sorry, I am already late and a lot of us have gone,” said the sparrow as it looked on at the chick in pity. The chick watched as the sparrow then flew off with its family. The chick regretted not heeding to its mother’s advice before. Then, the chick saw the squirrel preparing to go with its group.
“Squirrel, I would like to go with you. Can you help me?” asked the chick.
“Yes I can help you,” said the squirrel willingly. “You just have to jump from one tree to another,” said the squirrel.
“But I can’t do that nor fly,” said the chick.
“If you can’t, I don’t think I can help you,” said the squirrel in pity and left the chick behind. The chick felt so sad as no other animals could help. The chick was unaware that a python was spying him out. It slowly moved closer towards the chick and said.
“Little parrot, what are your thoughts of?”
“Can you help me to get out of here?” asked the chick seeking for sympathy.
“Don’t worry I will help you,” said the python.
“How so? Can you show me?” asked the chick happily.
“I have to bite your nape to do that. Do you agree?” asked the python.
“Agreed. Let’s go,” said the chick anxiously. The python immediately bit the nape of the chick and glided down the branches. Suddenly, the chick felt pain on it nape.
“My nape hurts, please let me go!” the chick shouted.
“I am not letting you go. Do you know, how hard it is to find food nowadays?” said the python. Without wasting any more time, the python swallowed the helpless chick instantly.