71. The Turtle and the Peacock

A turtle saw a peacock dancing beside a pond.
"I want to dance with you," said the turtle.
The peacock looked at him doubtfully. "You're too slow, and you have no feathers to compare with mine."
"I'll surprise you," said the turtle, "for my shell is truly colorful and, though slow, I am graceful."
So the turtle danced with the peacock, and the peacock had to admire his lovely shell and steady pace.
A hunter, however, discovered them there.
The peacock flew to safety in a tree, but the hunter caught and killed the turtle before he reached the pond.

Inspired by: Indian Fables by Ramaswami Raju.
Notes: For a quite different story about the peacock dancing, see the Buddhist tale, Nacca Jataka.

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