Once in court of King Krishnadevraya, intelligence of animals were being discussed.
One minister said, “Cats are most intelligent.”
Other agreed and all started to describe how clever their own cats were. Each claimed that their own cat was smartest.
King decided to hold competition for cats and announced, “Cat that does something which no other cat can do will be declared winner.”
Following week, all courtiers came to court with their cats. Tenali Raman also brought his cat to court.
King wanted to treat to cats first, so feast was organized and milk was served to cats in golden plated.
Moment cats saw milk, they rushed towards it to drink it but there was one cat that ran in opposite direction – away from milk.
King was surprised to see this strange behavior.
Just then Raman said with smile, “Maharaj, all cats ran toward milk but my cat ran away from milk. My cat has done something that no other cat has done.”
King agreed and declared Raman’s cat as winner.
When Tenali Raman came to collect prize, King asked, “How did you trained your cat to do so what no other cat could do?”
Raman smiled and replied, “I wanted to make sure that my cat gets best milk. So, i boiled milk and poured it in a plate to cool. Moment my cat saw milk, before i could even stop it, it would come running to lap it up and burnt it’s tongue. Since that day, whenever it sees milk in a plate, it runs away.”
King and Raman had a heartily laugh.
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