~ 104. The Noisy Crow ~
There was once a very hungry crow. He had been searching everywhere for food and then he found it: a huge chunk of cheese just lying on the ground. "It's cheese!" the crow cawed loudly. "Cheese! Cheese!"
He then began to dance around the cheese, rejoicing at his good luck.
Meanwhile, other hungry crows heard that crow cawing.
"Did you hear that?" they said to one another. "It's cheese!"
So those other crows came swooping down and attacked the first crow. They drove him away from the cheese and ate the whole thing themselves.
Moral of the story: Rejoice quietly.
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 438 in the book, and it is not in Perry's catalog, but compare the proverbial saying, Si corvus posset tacitus pasci, haberet plus dapis (Erasmus, Adagia 4.1.94): If the crow could feed quietly, he would have more of a feast.