“Pride goes before a fall”

Once there was a beautiful antelope that lived in a forest. It was very proud of its antlers and knew that it helped its look majestical. The antelope would feel very proud whenever other animals stopped by to have a look at it.

It always thought that it was a special creation and all the other creatures were no match for its in looks.

But it was always discontented about its legs. It thought its legs were too thin and wished it had better-looking legs. Its attitude was so haughty that the other animals did not befriend it at all. No one really liked or respected it although they did agree that it was a very good-looking antelope.

One day as it was quenching it thirst in a lake the antelope suddenly heard the sound of hunters nearby. It had been too busy admiring it reflection in the water that it had not heard the sound of the hunters earlier.

Fear gripped it and it ran as fast as it could. The hunters were closing in on it but its legs were so powerful that it was faster than them.

As it ran through the trees its antlers got caught in the branches of a tree and the antelope could not run further. It struggled to free it antlers and could hear the hunters getting closer.

It was then that it realised that what it had all along thought of being its best feature was actually getting it into trouble; whereas its legs which it had always looked down upon were actually saving its life.

Luckily with a little struggle the antelope was able to free its antlers from the branches and run to safety. The antelope realised at that moment that its pride had almost cost its life.

All along, it had been very proud of its antlers and was blind to the dangers that it might bring about.

Now it realised the value of being humble and was happy to be alive. Thereafter the antelope always thought very high of its legs.

Source: https://www.advance-africa.com/

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