The lion was proud of his mastery of the animal kingdom. One day he decided to make sure all the other animals knew he was the king of the jungle.
He was so confident that he bypassed the smaller animals and went straight to the leopard. “Who is the mightiest creature in the jungle?” the lion asked. The leopard replied, “Why you are, of course.” The lion gave a mighty roar of approval.
Next he asked the cheetah,“Who is the mightiest creature in the jungle?” The cheetah quickly responded, “Everyone knows that you are, mighty lion.”
Next on the list was the elephant. The lion faced the elephant and addressed his question:“Who is the mightiest creature in the jungle?”
The elephant didn’t respond in quite the same fashion as the previous animals, though. Instead, he immediately grabbed the lion with his trunk, whirled him around in the air five or six times and slammed him into a tree! Then he pounded him onto the ground several times, dunked him underwater in a nearby lake, and finally dumped him out unceremoniously on the shore.
The lion, beaten and bruised and battered, struggled to his feet. He looked at the elephant through sad and bloody eyes and said, “Look, just because you don’t know the answer is no reason to get nasty!”