The Tortoise and the Birds

: Aesop's Fables

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.