RIKKI TIKKI TAVI
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"Rikki Tikki Tavi"
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a short story in The Jungle Book (1894) by Rudyard Kipling about the adventures of a valiant young mongoose.
The story is notable for its frightening and serious tone. It has often been anthologised and has also been published more than once as a short book in its own right. The story was also adapted into an animated TV special by American animator Chuck Jones in 1975. That same year the story was adapted as a Russian animated short film.
A 19th-century English family — who have moved to a bungalow in the jungles of Sugauli cantonment in Bihar State, India — discover a young mongoose half drowned from a flood. They revive it and decide to keep it as a pet. The young mongoose, named Rikki Tikki Tavi, finds himself confronted by two dangerous king cobras, Nag and his even more dangerous wife Nagaina, who had the run of the garden while the house was unoccupied. After the encounter with the cobras, Rikki's first true battle is with Karait, a dust brown snakeling who touches the young boy Teddy. Although the snake, because of its deadly venom and small size, is an even more dangerous foe than a cobra, the mongoose kills it. The grateful family pet and praise "our mongoose".