In fact, the grey cub was not given to thinking--at least, to the kind of thinking customary of men.
When the grey cub came back to life and again took interest in the far white wall, he found that the population of his world had been reduced.
Then there came a time when the grey cub no longer saw his father appearing and disappearing in the wall nor lying down asleep in the entrance.
But the Wild is the Wild, and motherhood is motherhood, at all times fiercely protective whether in the Wild or out of it; and the time was to come when the she-wolf, for her grey cub's sake, would venture the left fork, and the lair in the rocks, and the lynx's wrath.
Father Wolf waited till his cubs could run a little, and then on the night of the Pack Meeting took them and Mowgli and Mother Wolf to the Council Rock--a hilltop covered with stones and boulders where a hundred wolves could hide.
Then the only other creature who is allowed at the Pack Council--Baloo, the sleepy brown bear who teaches the wolf cubs the Law of the Jungle: old Baloo, who can come and go where he pleases because he eats only nuts and roots and honey--rose upon his hind quarters and grunted.
"Baloo has spoken, and he is our teacher for the young cubs. Who speaks besides Baloo?"
He grew up with the cubs, though they, of course, were grown wolves almost before he was a child.
The cubs were out, but Mother Wolf, at the back of the cave, knew by his breathing that something was troubling her frog.
But first I must say farewell to my mother." And he went to the cave where she lived with Father Wolf, and he cried on her coat, while the four cubs howled miserably.
"You are mad," I said; "let the cub go!" And I ran towards Umslopogaas to take it from him.
"I will never let that go of which I have got hold," he said, "at least not living!" And suddenly he seized the head of the cub and twisted its neck; then threw it on to the ground, and added, "See, now I have done your bidding, my father!"
The lions had returned and found one cub dead and the other gone.
The lion ran first, and as he came he roared; then followed the lioness, but she did not roar, for in her mouth was the cub that Umslopogaas had assegaied in the cave.
Now the lions were close to us; they came to the body of the second cub, that lay outside the fence of thorns.