A sparrow was flitting from bush to bush one day when she saw an eagle swoop down from the sky, chasing a rabbit.
The rabbit zigged left, zagged right, running as fast as she could to escape the eagle, but finally the eagle seized the rabbit in his talons, and the rabbit squealed.
The sparrow laughed. "Where's your fancy footwork now, silly rabbit?" she said.
Then a hawk flew by and grabbed the sparrow.
The dying rabbit saw what happened. "There is some justice in the world," she thought. "The sparrow paid a price for her cruel words after all."
Inspired by: Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists by Roger L'Estrange, 431.
Notes: This is Perry 473.
Here is an illustration from Croxall's Aesop:
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