How is the friendly mongoose successful in the distraction of wicked cobras in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi comes up with a plan to distract Nagaina, so he can destroy the nest of cobra eggs in the melon bed.  Rikki instructs the bird Darzee to fly off to the stables and pretend that he has a broken wing.  Darzee's wife accepts the challenge, understanding that the eggs must be destroyed.  Meanwhile, Rikki smashes all twenty-five eggs, save one.  He brings it with him as Nagaina has gone to the veranda to try and kill the young boy.  Rikki taunts the snake:

"What price for a snake's egg? For a young cobra? For a young king-cobra? For the last -- the very last of the brood?"

When Nagaina sees the last of her eggs, she turns her attention to Rikki, giving just enough time for the father to pull the boy out of her reach.  With his clever strategy, Rikki saves his family from tragedy.

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi comes up with a plan to distract Nagaina, so he can destroy the nest of cobra eggs in the melon bed.  Rikki instructs the bird Darzee to fly off to the stables and pretend that he has a broken wing.  Darzee's wife accepts the challenge, understanding that the eggs must be destroyed.  Meanwhile, Rikki smashes all twenty-five eggs, save one.  He brings it with him as Nagaina has gone to the veranda to try and kill the young boy.  Rikki taunts the snake:

"What price for a snake's egg? For a young cobra? For a young king-cobra? For the last -- the very last of the brood?"

When Nagaina sees the last of her eggs, she turns her attention to Rikki, giving just enough time for the father to pull the boy out of her reach.  With his clever strategy, Rikki saves his family from tragedy.

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