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    The Eagle and the Fox


There was an Eagle and a Fox who decided to be best friends forever and promised to live near each other.

The Eagle built her nest in the branches of a tall tree, while the Fox went into the hollow of the same tree and there produced her young ones.

 Not long after they had agreed upon this plan, the Eagle, being in want of food for her young ones, went down while the Fox was out, caught one of the little cubs, and feasted herself and her young ones.

 The Fox on her return, saw what had happened, but was less worried for the death of her young than for her helplessness to safe them. A just payback, however, quickly fell upon the Eagle.

 While hovering near an altar, on which some villagers were sacrificing a goat, she suddenly took a piece of the flesh, and carried it, along with a burning cinder, to her nest.

 A strong breeze soon fanned the spark into a flame, and the eaglets, as yet unfledged and helpless, were roasted in their nest and dropped down dead at the bottom of the tree.

 There, in the sight of the Eagle, the Fox ate them up.

 

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