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The Dog and the Shadow

A DOG, crossing a bridge over a stream
with a piece of flesh in his mouth, saw his own shadow in the water and
took it for that of another Dog, with a piece of meat double his own in
size.  He immediately let go of his own, and fiercely attacked the
other Dog to get his larger piece from him.  He thus lost both: 
that which he grasped at in the water, because it was a shadow; and his
own, because the stream swept it away.
in Animal Kingdom Stories (465 Characters)

The Mole and His Mother

A mole, a creature blind from birth,
once said to his Mother:  'I am sure than I can see, Mother!' 
In the desire to prove to him his mistake, his Mother placed before him
a few grains of frankincense, and asked, 'What is it?'  The young
Mole said, 'It is a pebble.'  His Mother exclaimed:  'My son,
I am afraid that you are not only blind, but that you have lost your sense
of smell.
in Animal Kingdom Stories (435 Characters)

The Herdsman and the Lost

A herdsman tending his flock in a
forest lost a Bull-calf from the fold.  After a long and fruitless
search, he made a vow that, if he could only discover the thief who had
stolen the Calf, he would offer a lamb in sacrifice to Hermes, Pan, and
the Guardian Deities of the forest.  Not long afterwards, as he ascended
a small hillock, he saw at its foot a Lion feeding on the Calf.  Terrified
at the sight, he lifted his eyes and his hands to heaven, and said: 
'Just now I vowed to offer a lamb to the Guardian Deities of the forest
if I could only find out who had robbed me; but now that I have discovered
the thief, I would willingly add a full-grown Bull to the Calf I have lost,
if I may only secure my own escape from him in safety.'
in Animal Kingdom Stories (799 Characters)

The Hare and the Tortoise

A hare one day ridiculed the short
feet and slow pace of the Tortoise, who replied, laughing:  'Though
you be swift as the wind, I will beat you in a race.'  The Hare, believing
her assertion to be simply impossible, assented to the proposal; and they
agreed that the Fox should choose the course and fix the goal.  On
the day appointed for the race the two started together.  The Tortoise
never for a moment stopped, but went on with a slow but steady pace straight
to the end of the course.  The Hare, lying down by the wayside, fell
fast asleep.  At last waking up, and moving as fast as he could, he
saw the Tortoise had reached the goal, and was comfortably dozing after
her fatigue. 
Slow but steady wins the race.
in Animal Kingdom Stories (783 Characters)

The Pomegranat, Apple-Tree
and Bramble

The pomegranate and Apple-Tree disputed
as to which was the most beautiful.  When their strife was at its
height, a Bramble from the neighboring hedge lifted up its voice, and said
in a boastful tone:  'Pray, my dear friends, in my presence at least
cease from such vain disputings.'
in Animal Kingdom Stories (334 Characters)

The Farmer and the Stork

A farmer placed nets on his newly-sown
plowlands and caught a number of Cranes, which came to pick up his seed. 
With them he trapped a Stork that had fractured his leg in the net and
was earnestly beseeching the Farmer to spare his life.  'Pray save
me, Master,' he said, 'and let me go free this once.  My broken limb
should excite your pity.  Besides, I am no Crane, I am a Stork, a
bird of excellent character; and see how I love and slave for my father
and mother.  Look too, at my feathers-- they are not the least like
those of a Crane.'   The Farmer  laughed aloud and said,
'It may be all as you say, I only know  this:  I have taken you
with these robbers, the Cranes, and you  must die in their company.' 
Birds of a feather flock together.
in Animal Kingdom Stories (838 Characters)

The Farmer and the Snake

One winter a Farmer found a Snake
stiff and frozen with cold.  He had compassion on it, and taking it
up, placed it in his bosom.  The Snake was quickly revived by the
warmth, and resuming its natural instincts, bit its benefactor, inflicting
on him a mortal wound.  'Oh,' cried the Farmer with his last breath,
'I am rightly served for pitying a scoundrel.' 
The greatest kindness will not bind
the ungrateful.
in Animal Kingdom Stories (458 Characters)

The Fawn and His Mother

A young fawn once said to his Mother,
'You are larger than a dog, and swifter, and more used to running, and
you have your horns as a defense; why, then, O Mother! do the hounds frighten
you so?' She smiled, and said:  'I know full well, my son, that all
you say is true.  I have the advantages you mention, but when I hear
even the bark of a single dog I feel ready to faint, and fly away as fast
as I can.' 
No arguments will give courage to
the coward.
in Animal Kingdom Stories (496 Characters)

The Bear and the Fox

A bear boasted very much of his philanthropy,
saying that of all animals he was the most tender in his regard for man,
for he had such respect for him that he would not even touch his dead body. 
A Fox hearing these words said with a smile to the Bear, 'Oh! that you
would eat the dead and not the living.'
in Animal Kingdom Stories (334 Characters)

The Swallow and the Crow

The Swallow and the Crow had a contention
about their plumage.  The Crow put an end to the dispute by saying,
'Your feathers are all very well in the spring, but mine protect me against
the winter.' 
Fair weather friends are not worth
in Animal Kingdom Stories (277 Characters)

The Mountain in Labor

A mountain was once greatly agitated. 
Loud groans and noises were heard, and crowds of people came from all parts
to see what was the matter.  While they were assembled in anxious
expectation of some terrible calamity, out came a Mouse. 
Don't make much ado about nothing.
in Animal Kingdom Stories (312 Characters)

The Ass, the Fox, and
the Lion

The ass and the fox, having entered
into partnership together for their mutual protection, went out into the
forest to hunt.  They had not proceeded far when they met a Lion. 
The Fox, seeing imminent danger, approached the Lion and promised to contrive
for him the capture of the Ass if the Lion would pledge his word not to
harm the Fox.  Then, upon assuring the Ass that he would not be injured,
the Fox led him to a deep pit and arranged that he should fall into it. 
The Lion, seeing that the Ass was secured, immediately clutched the Fox,
and attacked the Ass at his
in Animal Kingdom Stories (634 Characters)

The Tortoise and the Eagle

A tortoise, lazily basking in the
sun, complained to the sea-birds of her hard fate, that no one would teach
her to fly.  An Eagle, hovering near, heard her lamentation and demanded
what reward she would give him if he would take her aloft and float her
in the air.  'I will give you,' she said, 'all the riches of the Red
Sea.'  'I will teach you to fly then,' said the Eagle; and taking
her up in his talons he carried her almost to the clouds  suddenly
he let her go, and she fell on a lofty mountain, dashing her shell to pieces. 
The Tortoise exclaimed in the moment of death:  'I have deserved my
present fate; for what had I to do with wings and clouds, who can with
difficulty move about on the earth?' 
If men had all they wished, they
would be often ruined.
in Animal Kingdom Stories (831 Characters)

The Flies and the Honey-Pot

A number of Flies were attracted
to a jar of honey which had been overturned in a housekeeper's room, and
placing their feet in it, ate greedily.  Their feet, however, became
so smeared with the honey that they could not use their wings, nor release
themselves, and were suffocated.  Just as they were expiring, they
exclaimed, 'O foolish creatures that we are, for the sake of a little pleasure
we have destroyed ourselves.' 
Pleasure bought with pains, hurts.
in Animal Kingdom Stories (506 Characters)

The Man and the Lion

A man and a Lion traveled together
through the forest.  They soon began to boast of their respective
superiority to each other in strength and prowess.  As they were disputing,
they passed a statue carved in stone, which represented 'a Lion strangled
by a Man.'  The traveler pointed to it and said:  'See there!
How strong we are, and how we prevail over even the king of beasts.' 
The Lion replied:  'This statue was made by one of you men. 
If we Lions knew how to erect statues, you would see the Man placed under
the paw of the Lion.' 
One story is good, till another is
in Animal Kingdom Stories (650 Characters)

The Farmer and the Cranes

Some cranes made their feeding grounds
on some plowlands newly sown with wheat.  For a long time the Farmer,
brandishing an empty sling, chased them away by the terror he inspired;
but when the birds found that the sling was only swung in the air, they
ceased to take any notice of it and would not move.  The Farmer, on
seeing this, charged his sling with stones, and killed a great number. 
The remaining birds at once forsook his fields, crying to each other, 'It
is time for us to be off to Liliput:  for this man is no longer content
to scare us, but begins to show us in earnest what he can do.' 
If words suffice not, blows must
in Animal Kingdom Stories (696 Characters)

The Dog in the Manger 

A dog lay in a manger, and by his
growling and snapping prevented the oxen from eating the hay which had
been placed for them.  'What a selfish Dog!'  said one of them
to his companions; 'he cannot eat the hay himself, and yet refuses to allow
those to eat who can.' 
in Animal Kingdom Stories (312 Characters)

The Fox and the Goat

A fox one day fell into a deep well
and could find no means of escape.  A Goat, overcome with thirst,
came to the same well, and seeing the Fox, inquired if the water was good. 
Concealing his sad plight under a merry guise, the Fox indulged in a lavish
praise of the water, saying it was excellent beyond measure, and encouraging
him to descend.  The Goat, mindful only of his thirst, thoughtlessly
jumped down, but just as he drank, the Fox informed him of the difficulty
they were both in and suggested a scheme for their common escape. 
'If,' said he, 'you will place your forefeet upon the wall and bend your
head, I will run up your back and escape, and will help you out afterwards.' 
The Goat readily assented and the Fox leaped upon his back.  Steadying
himself with the Goat's horns, he safely reached the mouth of the well
and made off as fast as he could.  When the Goat upbraided him for
breaking his promise, he turned around and cried out, 'You foolish old
fellow! If you had as many brains in your head as you have hairs in your
beard, you would never have gone down before you had inspected the way
up, nor have exposed yourself to dangers from which you had no means of
Look before you leap.
in Animal Kingdom Stories (1282 Characters)

The Bear and the Two Travelers

Two men were traveling together,
when a Bear suddenly met them on their path.  One of them climbed
up quickly into a tree and concealed himself in the branches.  The
other, seeing that he must be attacked, fell flat on the ground, and when
the Bear came up and felt him with his snout, and smelt him all over, he
held his breath, and feigned the appearance of death as much as he could. 
The Bear soon left him, for it is said he will not touch a dead body. 
When he was quite gone, the other Traveler descended from the tree, and
jocularly inquired of his friend what it was the Bear had whispered in
his ear.  'He gave me this advice,' his companion replied.  'Never
travel with a friend who deserts you at the approach of danger.' 
Misfortune tests the sincerity of
in Animal Kingdom Stories (851 Characters)

The Oxen and the Axle-Trees

A heavy wagon was being dragged along
a country lane by a team of Oxen.  The Axle-trees groaned and creaked
terribly; whereupon the Oxen, turning round, thus addressed the wheels: 
'Hullo there! why do you make so much noise? We bear all the labor, and
we, not you, ought to cry out.' 
Those who suffer most cry out the
in Animal Kingdom Stories (371 Characters)

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