| Once, there was a very happy group of mice who lived life to the fullest. However, things took a turn for the worse the day the cat came to stay.|
Suddenly, the mice had to be on their toes all the time. They could not move about freely like before. To make matters worse, they discovered that their numbers were dwindling with each passing day.
"We're in a crisis," said an old mouse eventually. "If things go on like this, I'm afraid we will all be killed. We need to think of a plan to save ourselves."
"What can we do?" cried the mice.
"We could tie a bell around the cat's neck. With the bell, each time it walks, we would hear it and we would be safe," proposed the old mouse. "We could do it while it is asleep."
The mice thought it was an excellent idea and squealed happily. Then one mouse asked, "But who is going to put the bell around the cat's neck?"
All the mice fell silent. They just looked at one another. One of the mice pointed at another mouse and said, "You're the best one for the job. I can't. I am too weak and old."
"No way, not me. I'm not big and strong enough," he said and immediately pointed to another mouse. "He can do the job just as well."
The mice continued to argue but none volunteered to do the job. As the days passed, the mice population grew fewer and fewer. Eventually, there was no mouse.
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