The eagle and the Wren
At one time all birds organized a flying contest to determine which one of them could fly the highest. The big Birds were very boastful and each of them loudly claimed victory. As usual, the voices of the small birds were downed in the hubbub. The small Birds were considered inconsequential. To prepare for the contest all the Birds had been advised to exercise rigorously. For days and days the big Birds saw no chance of their winning and simply gave up hope before the contest began. They did not even practice. That is, all the small Birds except the Wren. Although he too had considered his weakness, and knew that nature had not given him a fair chance, he thought that perhaps he could win through guile. And this he decided to use. When the Birds assembled for the contest, most of them pointed at the Eagle. He will win the contest as usual’’
The more mature Birds would not make any forecast. They only say, “even the strongest man can fall down on a slippery ground.”
When the contest began the Eagle flew with great vigor. By the time he was near clouds, the other competitors had retired to the ground except for the Wren. The Wren had been flying very close to the Eagle. But this, the Eagle was unaware of. So when he looked down and saw that the other Birds had dropped out, he relaxed his pace and flew leisurely. He thought that there was no need to fly any higher except to create a new record in the history of birds-flight.
The Wren swiftly took advantage of the Eagles miscalculation and gently perched on his back. But this too, the Eagle remained unaware of. The Birds on the ground especially the elders, saw this and cheered the Wren. The Eagle thought that the cheers were meant for him and shouted triumphantly,
“is anyone higher than I am?”
The Wren chirped, “yes, I am on top of you.”
The Eagle became furious, mustered whatever strength he had left, and dashed upwards like a meteor. At intervals he asked, “ is there anyone higher than I am?” and each time the Wren replied, “ I am.”
The struggle continued until the Eagle was exhausted. He began to lose height and soon fell to the earth. The Eagle looked up and saw the Wren still flying.
When the Wren returned to the earth, he was the first Bird to beat the Eagle in a flying contest. the End