44. The Two Fish and the Frog
Two fish named Smart and Very-Smart lived in a remote lake together with a frog named Not-So-Smart.
One day fishermen discovered the lake. "We'll come fish here tomorrow," the fishermen said.
The frog was very upset. "What can we do?" he said.
"Don't worry!" said the fish named Very-Smart. "We'll figure it out tomorrow." The fish named Smart nodded confidently. "We're smart!"
But Not-So-Smart decided to leave the lake right away and hide nearby.
The next morning he saw the fishermen hauling Very-Smart and Smart away in their nets.
"Sometimes it's better not to be so smart!" said the frog.
Inspired by: The Panchatantra, translated by Arthur Ryder.
Notes: It is in Book 5, Story 5. Compare the Aesopic fable of The Fox and the Cat.