The Tortoise and the Birds (Greek Folk Tale)

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A Tortoise desired to change its place of residence, so he asked an Eagle to carry him to his new home, promising her a rich reward for her trouble. The Eagle agreed and seizing 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.

Never soar aloft on an enemy”s pinions.

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