The mouse trap

by Stephen on February 5, 2010 · 58 comments

in Life, Moral Stories

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. “What food might this contain?” the mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.”

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The pig sympathized, but said, “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.”

The mouse turned to the cow and said, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.”

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house – like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever.

Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient. But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. The farmer’s wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness. So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember, when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another. Each of us is a vital thread in another person’s tapestry.

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{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Revathi February 18, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Very nice story. It gives us a good moral of life.

2 Billy Bob February 25, 2010 at 11:49 am


3 Nalini April 12, 2010 at 1:39 pm

It is a thought provoking story.

4 Amala April 29, 2010 at 10:51 am

It’s a fantastic story…and very true

5 Vishakha May 21, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Nice story very smiple story but gives the bigest moral of life thats always help others because one day you may also need others help.

6 Adil Khan June 10, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Very powerful moral lesson for the human beings. We are so selfish that we are only concerned about our own life tat we do not try to do the exta step that can do a lot of good to others withut us having to lose anything.

7 Gopi July 17, 2010 at 1:38 am

Help other and get help from others.

8 Rikki July 29, 2010 at 7:44 am

Great Story! I used it to drive a point home for my Toastmasters project on the “Moral of the Story”. I also, coincide it with Gen 4:9 “Am I My Brother’s Keeper”? The group loved the it!

9 Bella August 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Hey Rikki, is that story – u know the one u said abt “Am I My Brother’s Keeper”? the same one in chicken soup?

10 Anuj Banka August 14, 2010 at 12:32 am

Nice story showing the truth of life.

11 Sav August 25, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I read this to my kids. They really liked it especially its moral. However from my past personal experience I can say that one shouldn’t trust anybody for pretending s/he is going get help after being helpful to others. Favours may most often not be returned in life unless you know throughly the people you’re helping.

12 Rakesh November 1, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Nice story given by a nice Person..Contain good Moral..

13 Fiyinsola November 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm


14 Monali December 15, 2010 at 5:59 am

Great story.

15 Gaurav Kumar December 17, 2010 at 11:34 am

A mouse looked through……………………….:):):)):):)

16 Glenn Miller December 31, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Seeing the comments made by different people on the same story, reminds me of a similar story that being the story of the blind men and the elephant, each interpreting their own view on the same thing differently.

17 Turola February 10, 2011 at 3:28 pm

What a great lesson.

18 revati March 4, 2011 at 10:15 am

Lovely story. I liked it a lot, gives good morals.

19 Seshu March 16, 2011 at 4:42 am

Good one.

20 vinod kumar singh March 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm

thoughtful story

21 richie advincula April 6, 2011 at 7:28 am

thats a very good story.

love one another

22 yan siak April 18, 2011 at 10:12 pm

good story

23 Neeranjan April 24, 2011 at 2:45 am

It is a very moralful story.

24 naveen June 13, 2011 at 7:40 am

It’s a short and awesome story….

25 ITUMELENG STEPHEN July 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm

This story just emphasized the point that we are all one, breathing the same air, make the same stuff. If one of us is threatened, we all are threatened. Wow.

26 Rojit Naorem August 2, 2011 at 6:49 am

The story reveals the real attitude of the present mankind. Unless such chicken-pig-cow mentality is changed, we are on the verge of extinction.

27 Stammer24 September 6, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Pretty cool story! Yeah!

28 Pooja September 7, 2011 at 1:54 am

Wow that was very wonderful at the same time very meaningful too.

29 Priyanka Kumari September 9, 2011 at 3:58 am

we all are connected directly or indirecttly

30 Prof Dan November 21, 2011 at 9:06 am

Great monumental moral story. Infact it’s a life teaching one, thanks.

31 Clark December 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Amazing story.. it gives a ot of moral values to those who read this one of a kind story.

32 Gaurav_Luthra December 14, 2011 at 12:25 am

Try to help everybody, definately when you will be in need, some1 like you will surely help you…
Gr8 story for making people understand the true fact! Thnx!

33 Smita April 23, 2012 at 5:40 am

Very nice story.

34 Rarr May 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Ahaha everyone seems to have a convenient misunderstanding about this story. The moral is still “helping others,” but it’s more complex than that…

If the animals are smart enough to know what a mousetrap is, surely they would know they’re being raised to eventually be eaten. That selfish mouse never once offered to help them out of their predicaments, and only wanted his own wish fulfilled. But even if he actually decided to help the others, they broke into the house, and the mousetrap (for argument’s sake: the only one in existence) was destroyed, guess what? The snake would’ve eaten the mouse! How’s that for irony?

Maybe they should have all been less complacent and done something to better themselves. Even then, it would hinge on the mouse, as the only free creature. Maybe it’s just too hard to be proactive…

35 Mark December 12, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Lesson learned…we should give help to others who are in need to the best of our effort we can give.

36 Gracious December 15, 2012 at 2:23 am

Yea, that’s true, we are all moving in the same life journey, don’t be selfish, help others.

37 Samia January 13, 2013 at 1:06 am

I love reading stories.

38 Sahithi January 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Nice and interisting story which gives a good moral.

39 Judith January 23, 2013 at 8:34 am

It’s always good to look out for other peoples interests and not just our own.

40 Dima March 31, 2013 at 8:31 pm

I was so impressed by this story, I would like to illustrate it and post on Amazon. Who is the writer?

41 Chandu May 8, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Excellent story, based on humanity principle… everyone should try to implement this moral in their life.

42 Wahid May 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Very, very good.

43 Norma Pendleton June 2, 2013 at 2:39 am

Shared this with my coworkers in the office.

44 Biju June 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Good story…. Now a days no one is thinking about others in life. Everyone is selfish about their lives…. We must treat others with brotherhood…

45 Joyce June 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Love this story. Using it in a message I have to deliver on love.

46 Renzil July 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm

So true. ! 🙂

47 Manasi August 15, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Nice story

48 Santosh August 24, 2013 at 11:53 am

Very nice story .. ;- )

49 Sakthi September 18, 2013 at 12:15 am

Nice story

50 A Thomasa November 15, 2013 at 6:47 am

An eye opener. It is a lashing to stupid people who live for themselves with the selfish principle, “Not my circus, not my monkeys.”

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