The Birds, the Beasts, and the Bat

: Aesop's Fables

THE BIRDS waged war with the Beasts, and each were by turns the

conquerors. A Bat, fearing the uncertain issues of the fight,

always fought on the side which he felt was the strongest. When

peace was proclaimed, his deceitful conduct was apparent to both

combatants. Therefore being condemned by each for his treachery,

he was driven forth from the light of day, and henceforth

concealed himself in dark hiding-places, flying always alone and

at night.