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