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.
Moral Lesson: Never soar aloft on an enemy’s pinions.