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As "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" opens, Rikki-tikki, a young mongoose, is washed away from his parents in a flood, and is found by a young boy who believes him to be dead. The boy (whose name is Teddy) takes him back to his parents, where Rikki-tikki will be revived. He proceeds to quickly acclimate to his new surroundings in their home.

Later, the young mongoose will go to the garden, where he meets Darzee and his wife (two tailor-birds who have a nest there) as well as Nag the cobra, who terrorizes the garden. As he and Nag confront one another, Nag's wife, Nagaina, attacks Rikki-tikki by ambush, with the mongoose narrowly evading. When Teddy is threatened by another venomous snake, Karait, Rikki-tikki kills the snake, much to the relief of the human family.

After Teddy goes to sleep, Rikki-tikki overhears Nag and Nagaina as they conspire to kill the humans, to regain their former dominance. (It is from this conversation that he also learns that the cobras have eggs that are close to hatching.) Nag then hides himself in the bathroom, intending to kill the father when he is bathing. Rikki-tikki attacks Nag after Nag falls asleep, leaving only Nagaina and the eggs.

The next morning, Rikki-tikki attempts to employ Darzee as a distraction against Nagaina so he can kill her children before they hatch, but Darzee's wife provides the distraction itself. The mongoose returns, holding the last egg, to find Nagaina threatening Teddy. His return allows Teddy to be removed from immediate danger. The cobra and mongoose fight, with Rikki-tikki defeating Nagaina.

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A mongoose named Rikki-tikki-tavi washes up on the doorstep of an English family's bungalow in Segowlee after a severe flood, and the family rescues him. Rikki-tikki becomes their pet mongoose, and he proceeds to look around the garden, where he meets the two menacing cobras named Nag and Nagaina. Rikki-tikki narrowly avoids Nagaina's sneak attack and ends up quickly killing a deadly brown snakeling named Karait. Later that night, Chuchundra informs Rikki-tikki that Nag plans on biting Teddy's father when he goes to the bathroom. Rikki-tikki patiently waits to attack the unsuspecting cobra and ends up killing Nag during a vicious struggle.

The next morning, Rikki-tikki petitions Darzee for help defeating Nagaina, and Darzee's wife feigns a broken wing, which distracts Nagaina long enough for Rikki-tikki to destroy nearly every egg in her nest. Nagaina then threatens to strike Teddy, and Rikki-tikki proceeds to show the cobra her last remaining egg to stop her attack. This gives Teddy's father enough time to pull his son to safety as Nagaina races off with her last egg. Rikki-tikki follows Nagaina into her burrow and kills her during a difficult struggle. Rikki-tikki successfully defeats both cobras, and the garden is restored to a peaceful, calm environment.

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Setting: India, late 1800s

Rikki-tikki-tavi is a young mongoose. Rikki-tikki becomes the house pet of an English family who live in colonial India. On his first day in his new home, Rikki-tikki meets two cobras named Nag and Nagaina. They try to bite him. Later, Rikki-tikki saves the boy, Teddy, by killing a small poisonous snake. The family calls him a hero. That night, Rikki-tikki hears the cobras talking. They are planning to kill the family. Nag sneaks into the bathroom and waits. Rikki-tikki bites Nag behind the head and holds on. Teddy’s father shoots the snake to death. The next morning, Rikki-tikki makes plans with Darzee the tailorbird and his wife. Darzee’s wife distracts Nagaina. Rikki-tikki begins destroying the cobra’s eggs. Then he hears Darzee’s wife cry out. He hurries to the house. Nagaina is about to attack Teddy. Rikki-tikki shows her that he has not destroyed all of her eggs. The father rescues Teddy while Nagaina grabs her egg and carries it into her hole. Rikki-tikki will have to try to fight Nagaina to keep the family safe.

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"Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" is a part of  Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Books published for children in 1895.  Like his other stories in the collection, "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" is set in India and tells the story of a mongoose named, of course, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.

Rikki is rescued by an English (think British) family who found him half drowned after a flood.  The family has just moved into a bungalow, and decide to keep the mongoose as a pet.  The family does not realized a pair of cobra snakes, (Nag and his wife Nagaina) have been living in the previously abandoned house.  The two decide to kill the family so that they can raise their soon to hatch children in peace and quiet.  Rikki has become increasingly protective of his adoptive family and will not let this happen.  He over hears their plan to kill the family's father "the fat one" in the bathroom.  Scared, but knowing he most protect his family, he waits for Nag to fall asleep.  When he does, Rikki attacks by biting the back of the snake's neck.  The commotion summons the family's father who brings a shotgun and blows Nag to pieces.

Nagaina, morning her partner's death, is more determined to destroy the family.  Rikki goes behind the house and finds their snake eggs and destroys all but one.  At this point he hears that Nagaina has cornered the family at breakfast.  Rikki runs into the house with the last egg in his mouth.  This distracts Nagaina and the two run into her underground home.  The story does not describe the underground fight, but finally Rikki emerges from the hole the winner and still protector of the family. We are told that Rikki remains with the family, as their protector, for the rest of his life.

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