Rikki Tikki Tavi Summary

Please give a basic plot summary of "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" by Rudyard Kipling.

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Rudyard Kipling's "Rickki Tikki-Tavi" is a story about a mongoose, his friends, and a little boy. The opening lines of the story tells us the plot:

This is the story of the great war that Rikki-tikki-tavi fought single-handed, through the bath-rooms of the big bungalow in Segowlee cantonment. Darzee, the tailor-bird, helped him, and Chuchundra, the musk-rat, who never comes out into the middle of the floor, but always creeps round by the wall, gave him advice; but Rikki-tikki did the real fighting.

Rickki Tikki-Tavi is a spunky mongoose who, when we first meet him, is unconscious, washed up near a bungalow by a flood. The young boy who lives there discovers the creature and takes him in. Rickki-Tikki-Tavi soon becomes a beloved family pet. 

He meets Darzee and his wife as they are mourning the loss of one of their babies that was eaten by Nag, the evil rattlesnake who also lives in this garden. As they talk, Nag senses that he must take action quickly against Rickki-Tikki-Tavi, as he knows that a mongoose is a rattlesnake's worst enemy. 

Nag's wife, Nagaina, attacks from behind, but the mongoose is able to elude the strike because of Darzee's warning. This is Rickki-Tikki-Tavi's first experience with snakes, and his escape has given him a false confidence in his ability to defeat them. As Teddy (the boy) runs to him, Rickki-Tikki-Tavi sees a small but poisonous snake and the mongoose's eyes turn red--the sign every mongoose gives before he is about to attack. Rickki-Tikki-Tavi kills the snake and receives grateful thanks from Teddy's parents for saving their son's life. 

Later that night, Rickki-Tikki-Tavi is keeping guard on the house and meets a timid little muskrat named Chuchundra who reveals a plot that he has...

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