Tulu the baboon was the "Lookout" for his troop. He would sit
proudly on the highest rock and keep a good lookout for enemies.
Nobody could do the job better than he could, and this made him so very
Every day he would stalk past the admiring youngsters and take his place
in a very posh manner. He would then stroke and comb his fir and
peep out of the corner of his eyes and make sure everyone was watching
him. Tulu grew to be so proud that he would not even talk or play
with the young baboons any more!
If Tulu had read the Bible in Proverbs 16:18, he would have realised that
"Pride goes before a fall!" Pride is when we think we are much
better than other people. This Bible verse means, "Don't be too
proud for your own good."
Do you say, "My toys are better than your's, or my clothes are prettier
than your's! If you do, you had better listen to what happened to
At the Pool:
One hot day, the baboon troop went down to the hippo pool. While the
youngsters splashed in shallow water, Tulu sat comfortably in a willow
tree. While he sat there, Marko the hippo came to the surface and
opened his huge mouth and roared, "Oh, I say old chap, wouldn't it be
cooler to come and bathe in the pool rather than just sit up there?"
The other baboons looked up with interest, but although Tulu was hot and
thirsty, his pride kept him on his branch. "I do wish someone
would bring me a little water," he said, "But, I must do my duty and keep
Marko thought for a moment and then rumbled, "I know what you can do!
"The branches hang down over the pool. Why don't you climb
down one and have a drink?"
Tulu thanked him and swung down the nearest branch. Of course willow
branches become very thin near the water. Eventually he held grimly
onto a strand that dangled into the water. Just as he was about to
drink, the branch broke! With a mighty splash he fell spluttering
into the pool with arms and legs flying all over the place!
All the other baboons and animals held their tummies and laughed until they
cried. "I say old chap," roared Marko the Hippo, "That was a pippin
dive you made. It even splashed and cooled my back!"
A Hard Lesson!
Tulu sat up in the water covered with mud and leaves. It was a very
sorry looking baboon that crept out of the pool and scrambled away as
fast as he could run! Poor old Tulu. He had learnt a hard
lesson that day.
Never again would he stalk proudly around anymore, for someone was sure to
grin as they remembered his undignified splash into the hippo pool!
And so next time you want to say, "I'm better than you!" remember
what happened to poor Tulu!