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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...

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