The Donkey and the Load of Salt

The Donkey and the Load of SaltThe Donkey and the Load of Salt
The Donkey and the Load of Salt

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The Donkey and the Load of Salt

Once upon a time, there was a merchant who was driving his donkey carrying the load of salt from the workstation to homeward as usual he used to do daily after completion of his work. They crossed a river in the way daily upon on a narrow bridge by facing a lot difficulty.

But at this time, the donkey could not balance himself, slipped and fell into the river from the midst of the log due to moisture and Moss upon it. The river was not too deep and the donkey was able to lift himself up.

However, the merchant was very sad that his overall salt has melted and swept away. On the other hand, the donkey happily completed the journey, as he was very much glad to find how lighter his burden and has become.

At the next day, again the merchant took and loaded another load of salt on the donkey’s back. On the way to home, the donkey remembers what had happened at the prior day and intentionally again let him fall in the river to get rid of his most of the weight.

The angry merchant again took him instantly at the workstation and loaded three bags of cotton at his bag. At the river, he thought, “The load is already very light! Let I fall again in the water to make it lighter!”

But when the donkey again fell into the water to make it lighter the cotton absorbed the water and when he tried to get up, he could not. This was because, the cotton got 10 times heavier after absorbing in the water.

Then the donkey learnt a lesson that “Similar measures do not suit every situation”. Then the merchant had to drag the donkey to the home.


This interesting story has two very meaningful morals, which are:

  1. Similar measures do not suit every situation.
  2. You can be smart for your own good, but only for some time.


The Donkey and the Load of Salt is one of The Classic and Famous Aesop’s Fable. Aesop wrote and published this story.

The Donkey and The Load of Salt” is alternatively titled as “The Donkey and The Salt Merchant” or “The Merchant and His Donkey”. Also, earlier versions of the story are available, but each of them describes this lesson.

Every Time is Story Time

By story, we can grow our creativity of mind because every story has a moral, and if we learn more we can learn new and good things. That is why you tell these all Stories to your children and tell them their Morals because, by morals, children can learn new and unique things. You can learn morals by reading it loudly. So, why are you waiting for? Tell The Story of The Donkey and The Load of Salt to your child and tell him the Moral of this Story.

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