~ 112. The Crane Goes Fishing ~
It was a clear night, so the crane decided to go fishing.
The starlight shimmered in the water, and the crane thought the flashes of light were fish.
"Look at all the fish!" she exclaimed.
But when she poked her beak into the water, there weren't any fish, and she went away hungry.
The next day, the crane again saw shimmering flashes in the water. They really were fish this time, but she thought it was just another trick of the light.
"You won't fool me again this time!" said the foolish crane, and she went away hungry once again.
Inspired by: Mille Fabulae et Una, a collection of Latin fables that I've edited, free to read online. I am not translating the Latin here; instead, I am just telling a 100-word version of the fable.
Notes: This is fable 481 in the book, which is not in Perry; the Latin fable is from Camerarius, who says the bird is a "mergus" but I made the bird a crane instead.