chapter  XXVII
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The ungrateful lion.1

IN long past times the Bodisat, his accumulations ~ as yet incomplete, was born again among birds as a woodpecker, dwelling in a villageless solitude in a hill district, rich in mountain streams, fruits, and flowers. In the same district there lived a king of the beasts, a lion, which was in the habit of killing and devouring gazelles at its pleasure. One day it had been eating meat; a bone stuck fast between its teeth, and the lion, which had never known fear or anxiety, now ' that toothache was plaguing its body, was quite prostrated and could eat nothing.