Born and raised in Malaysia, Mazlan is proud of his Malaysian and Asian heritage and likes to share its mysteries, culture & current issues.
The Adventures of Mouse Deer
If you have run out of short bedtime stories and your children keep saying tell me a bedtime story then try this Malaysian folktale, the story.of mouse deer and a farmer.
Malaysian Folktales and Malay Folklore Stories
Mouse deer or Sang Kancil is a trickster character in our Malaysian and Malay folklore. He is cunning, will outwit and overcome the bigger and much stronger animals, his arch enemies. It is quite similar to the American Brer Rabbit stories.
The Clever Mouse Deer Story
There are several tales of the tricky and cunning Mouse Deer. This 'Story of Mouse Deer and a Farmer' is my third Sang Kancil story and is about the greedy Sang Kancil raiding adventure at the farmer's farm. Unlike his other stories, this time his 'enemy' is a human and not an animal.
Story of Mouse Deer and a Farmer
Sang Kancil was tired of eating the same fruits and leaves in the forest. His monkey friends had told him about a farm with lots and lots of fresh vegetables. So, one day he decided to explore and went to the edge of the jungle looking for this farm.
The Greedy Mouse Deer
After a few hours of trekking through the jungle, he finally arrived at the farm. There, he saw his favorite cucumber. Since there's no one around, he slowly crept into the farm and ate almost all the cucumbers. He was about to eat the last cucumber when he heard the farmer. He quickly ran back into the jungle.
The Angry Farmer
When the farmer arrived at the cucumber patch, he saw it's all gone. 'What happened to all the cucumbers?' asked the bewildered farmer. 'I must find the rascal who did this'
So, the farmer set up a few traps and placed them all over the farm.
Sang Kancil Caught In the Trap?
The following week, Sang Kancil decided to visit the farm again. He missed those delicious cucumbers. So, he went back to the farm only to be caught in the trap. 'Owwww stupid me! I should have been more careful. Now that old farmer will cook me for dinner!'
When the farmer heard noises outside he quickly went out. The mouse deer saw him coming and quickly think of a trick to save himself.
The Clever Mouse Deer
'Oh-oh, so it was you who ate all my cucumbers.' He kicked Sang Kancil but the mouse deer stayed still and pretended to be dead. 'Is he dead?' He kicked the mouse deer again. Sang Kancil did not move and his stiff body convinced the farmer that Kancil is dead.
'What a shame. He is probably dead for a while already. I can't have him for dinner now. I should have come out earlier to check' lamented the disappointed farmer.
He released the trap and threw the mouse deer back into the jungle. Sang Kancil quickly moved and ran away. He heard the farmer cursing and shouting back at him, 'You rascal, you tricked me. You will not get away the next time around'.
The Greedy Sang Kancil
The greedy Sang Kancil kept thinking of the other vegetables that he hasn't eaten.
'The cucumbers were juicy and tasty. I must try the other vegetables. Hmm, should I or shouldn't I go?' thought Sang Kancil. The last time he went he was caught in the trap.
After a few minutes of thinking, he finally decided to try his luck again.
When Sang Kancil arrived at the farm, he was disappointed. He saw the farmer standing next to the vegetable patch. He wasn't sure what to do next. He kept staring at the farmer to see if he will go away. But the farmer kept still and didn't move a single bit. Sang Kancil was curious and decided to test the farmer. He moved in the direction of the farmer. Still no movement from him.
As Sang Kancil neared the farmer he finally realized it is not the farmer but a scarecrow instead.
Angry for being tricked the arrogant Sang Kancil kicked the scarecrow. He kept kicking until his leg got glued to the scarecrow.
Apparently, the farmer had covered the scarecrow with the sticky fluid from the nearby jackfruit tree.
Stuck to the Scarecrow
'Let me free!' said Sang Kancil. He yanked and yanked but was still stuck to the scarecrow.
He used the other leg to pull himself away but that leg got stuck too.
'Let me go!' He pushed and he pulled. Still no luck. He then used his two back legs. That too got stuck.
Sang Kancil for Lunch and Dinner
When the farmer heard noises outside he went out to check. 'Ah-ha. I finally got you' said the farmer. The mouse deer was trying to think hard. He needs to escape but was too scared to think properly.
The farmer pulled Sang Kancil from the scarecrow and took him back to his house. 'I will put you in this cage for the night and tomorrow I will have you for my lunch and dinner. Hahaha laughed the happy farmer.
The Mouse Deer's Escape Plan
All night long, Sang Kancil kept thinking of an escape plan but was too sleepy to think properly. In fact, he was so scared that he couldn't sleep at all.
When morning came, he heard something. It was the farmer's dog. The dog was curious and came to check what was in the cage. 'So my master finally caught you. Serves you right'
Sang Kancil immediately thought of an idea. 'No, your master didn't catch me. He put me here so that others will not know'
'What do you mean, others will not know?' asked the dog.
The Grand Feast
'Don't you know? Your master will be hosting a grand feast and I am the guest of honor. He doesn't want others to know yet. It's supposed to be a surprise' bluffed Sang Kancil.
'I have been with my master for so many years now. It isn't fair that he chooses you over me. I should be his guest of honor. Others will definitely agree with me'' said the dog
'Hmm, you are right. I feel sorry for you and I know how you feel.' said Sang Kancil. 'Why don't I tell your master about this. I will talk to him and see if he will make you his guest of honor. I am sure he will listen and agree with me'
Sang Kancil Trickery
'You will do that for me?' asked Dog
'Yes, of course, I will do that for you. Maybe it will be better if you get in the cage. That way, it will easier for me to convince your master when he sees you in the cage' said Sang Kancil
'Yes, you are right. I will unlatch the cage and let you out. Then, I will get in' said the dog
'Yes, you better do it quick, as I think the farmer is coming now. I want to see and talk to him before he sees you in the cage' said Sang Kancil.
The dog quickly unlatched the cage. The moment he got into the cage, Sang Kancil latched it back and quickly ran into the jungle.
Sang Kancil Got Away Again
From the jungle edge Sang Kancil saw and heard the furious and angry farmer scolding Dog. 'You idiot! Now I have to find something else to eat'
Sang Kancil laughed so loud that he almost got choked. He ran and jumped and sang as he went back into the jungle.
Bedtime Stories For Kids
That's the end of 'Story of Mouse Deer and a Farmer' another tale of how Sang Kancil outwitted his foe, again.
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© 2012 Mazlan A
Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on May 10, 2012:
@mizjo, Good to hear from you again. There are so many Malaysian Folk tales and maybe I should start on another! Let me know when you get back here. I am in KL. Thanks for the votes.
mizjo from New York City, NY on May 05, 2012:
Chuckle, chuckle. You took me back to my Standard Two reader. I remember Sang Kanchil, the young rascal, and all the animals (and humans) he outwitted.
Reading it made me quite homesick, really.
I am travelling to Malaysia in a few months and will certainly bring back some Malaysian folk tales for my five-year-old grandson who loves reading.
Voted up and beautiful.
Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on February 27, 2012:
Hi Alannah Foley, thanks for reading and for commenting. I am glad you enjoyed it. I used the photo to illustrate the story in case you are reading to kids, then the photo will give them a better grasp of the storyline.
Alannah Foley on February 26, 2012:
Well, I must say I've never come across any Malaysian stories. I was wondering how Sang Kancil was going to get out of his difficult situation, and it did give me a chuckle in the end. Also enjoyed the photos.
Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on February 23, 2012:
Hi MikeSyrSutton, Thanks for dropping by and thanks for voting. Yeah, you are right, Sang Kancil is a pretty cool animal.
MikeSyrSutton from An uncharted galaxy on February 22, 2012:
That was a great story about a cool animal! Voted up!