Once upon a time, there lived a Tiger.
He was very lonely, for every everyone feared him and no one dared to approach him.
One day, while roaming the forest, the tiger saw a wealthy merchant and his lovely daughter, trying to cross the bridge.
The tiger suddenly jumped out of the woods and onto the path.
He demanded that the merchant give his daughter in marriage to him or he would kill him.
The merchant was unwilling to agree to the tiger’s wish but he was afraid of refusing him and losing his life. He thought of a plan to rid himself of the tiger.
The merchant, thought about it for a while and he suddenly remembered an old story his father used to tell him. The story was about a lion who threatened a near by kingdom, and a brave warrior tricked the lion into going into the water, once he went inside, he turned into a human.
After remembering this story and thinking he had nothing to lose, the merchant told the tiger he was ready to accept him into the family, but had one condition. He told the tiger that he has to prove to him, that he is a good swimmer. The foolish tiger consented to the merchant’s suggestion and went into the river.
Once the tiger's went into the water, he immediately turned into a human! No one could believe what had happened in that moment, not even the tiger.
The merchant burst out laughing.
"See, " - said the merchant - "this is what you get for trying to threaten people into doing your bidding!"
After that the merchant and his daughter left the tiger to wallow in his grief and foolishness.