During one of Mowgli and Bala’s play fights, things go badly when Mowgli accuses his broth- er of cheating and Bala demands a re-match to save his honour. Bagheera discovers that Mowgli attributes his fighting prowess to the tiger claw he wears around his neck. A claw Mowgli won from Shere Khan in an earlier encounter. When Mowgli later loses the claw be- tween the coils of the sleeping Kaa and is confronted by Shere Khan, he realises that he has to face Khan without his beloved claw. Mowgli wins the day without the help of his lucky charm and is then abler to swallow his pride and apologise to Bala.