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J.357 La.tukika Jaataka A quail once laid her eggs in the feeding ground of the elephants. When the young ones were hatched, the Bodhisatva, leader of the elephants, passed along that way with the herd, and, at the request of the mother quail, carefully avoided the young ones. A rogue elephant, who came later, however, though warned in the same way, trod on the nest and fouled it. The quail swore revenge and got a crow to put out the elephantís eyes and a fly to lay maggots in them. When in great pain, the elephant sought water, she persuaded a frog to croak on a mountaintop and thus led the elephant to fall over a precipice to his death. The story was told in reference to Devadatta who is identified with the rogue elephant. In the accounts of the quarrel between the Sakyans and the Koliyans, this Jataka is said to have been one of those preached by the Buddha, showing that even a weak animal such as a quail could cause the death of an elephant. 58/757 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.174ff. consideration

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