The Bat, the Birds, and the Beasts

: Aesop's Fables

A great conflict was about to come off between the Birds and

the Beasts. When the two armies were collected together the Bat

hesitated which to join. The Birds that passed his perch said:

"Come with us"; but he said: "I am a Beast." Later on, some

Beasts who were passing underneath him looked up and said: "Come

with us"; but he said: "I am a Bird." Luckily at the last moment

peace was made, and no battle took place, so the Bat came to the

Birds and wished to join in the rejoicings, but they all turned

against him and he had to fly away. He then went to the Beasts,

but soon had to beat a retreat, or else they would have torn him

to pieces. "Ah," said the Bat, "I see now,

"He that is neither one thing nor the other has no friends."