A crow stole a piece of cheese and settled high up in a tree to enjoy his feast.
A fox saw the crow and she wanted that cheese. So she gazed up at the crow and said, "What a lovely bird you are! Your feathers look especially bright and shiny today. You could be king of the birds if your song were as beautiful as your feathers."
"Oh, I can sing!" said the crow, and the cheese fell out of his mouth as he started cawing.
The fox then grabbed the cheese and ran away.
The moral: Beware of flatterers.
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 437 in the book, which is Perry 124.
(illustration by Arthur Rackham)