After a morning meal, a Sea Otter played about his kelp forest home. Diving this way, flipping the other, he was having a great time. As he played, he bumped into the kelp and unexpectedly, nearly knocked a Crab off his perch. Now the Crab had been camouflaged quite well and you see these are normally a tasty treat for a Sea Otter. In the Crab’s fright, she rose her claws in a panic.
“Spare me!” begged the poor Crab. “Please let me go and someday I will surely repay you.”
The Sea Otter was much amused to think that a Crab could ever help him. But he was generous and finally let the Kelp Crab go.
Some days later, while searching for delicious sea urchins in the forest, the Sea Otter was caught in the toils of a fisherman’s net. Unable to free himself, he thrashed, whining, scared, and confused. The Crab peered around from his Kelp lookout and quickly found the Sea Otter struggling in the net. The Kelp Crab scurried down to one of the lines that bound him, she tore at it with her claws until it parted, and soon the Sea Otter was free.
“You laughed when I said I would repay you,” said the Kelp Crab. “Now you see that even a Crab can help a Sea Otter.”
A kindness is never wasted.
I was inspired to write this based on Æsop’s fable for Children, The Lion & the Mouse.