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 Aesop's Fables
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     The Tortoise and the Birds


A Tortoise decided to change its place of residence, so he asked an Eagle to carry him to his new home, promising her a rich present for her trouble.

The Eagle agreed and holding the Tortoise by the shell with her talons soared aloft.

 On their way they met a Crow, who said to the Eagle: "Tortoise is good eating."

"The shell is too hard," said the Eagle in reply.

 "The rocks will soon crack the shell," was the Crow's answer; and the Eagle, taking the hint, let fall the Tortoise on a sharp rock, and the two birds made a hearty meal of the Tortoise.

Moral: Never soar aloft on an enemy's pinions.

 

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