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Looking over the Motif-Index of Folk-Literature and Aarne–Thompson–Uther (ATU) Index, I couldn't find anything quite like you’re describing. The closest thing I could find is ATU Type 160, “The Grateful Animals and the Ungrateful Man", but it's not a close fit. To summarize, in this type of folk tale, a man rescues another man and several animals from a ...

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