~ 117. The Beetle and the Eagle ~



"Help me, dung-beetle!" shrieked a rabbit, fleeing from an eagle.
"I grant you asylum," proclaimed the beetle, but the eagle snatched the rabbit and devoured him.
The beetle vowed revenge.
She climbed into the eagle's nest and rolled the eggs out.
The eagle went to Zeus, laying eggs in his lap, but the beetle rolled dung-balls into Zeus's lap. He sprang up in disgust, and once again the eagle's eggs all smashed upon the ground.
"I seek justice for the rabbit!" shouted the beetle, and when Zeus heard the facts, he ruled against his own bird.
Thus justice was done.

Inspired by: Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists by Roger L'Estrange, 378.
Notes: This is Perry 3.

Here is an illustration by Milo Winter:



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