25. Jackal, Dove and Heron

Jackal came to Dove, who lived on the top of a rock, and said, “Give me one of your little ones.”

Dove answered, “I shall not do anything of the kind.”

Jackal said, “Give it to me at once! Otherwise, I shall fly up to you.” Then she threw one down to him.

He came back another day and demanded another little one, and she gave it to him. After Jackal had gone, Heron came, and asked, “Dove, why do you cry?”

Dove answered him, “Jackal has taken away my little ones; that is why I cry.” He asked her, “How did he get them?” She answered him, “When he asked me I refused him, but when he said, ‘I shall fly up, therefore give it to me,’ I threw it down to him.”

Heron said, “Are you such a fool as to give your young ones to Jackal, who cannot fly?” Then, with no more to say, he went away.

Jackal came again, and said, “Dove, give me a little one.” Dove refused, and told him that Heron had told her that he could not fly up. Jackal said, “I shall catch him.”

So when Heron came to the banks of the water, Jackal asked him: “Brother Heron, when the wind comes from this side, how will you stand?” He turned his neck towards him and said, “I stand like this, bending my neck on one side.” Jackal asked him again, “When a storm comes and when it rains, how do you stand?” He said to him: “I stand like this, bending my neck down.”

Then Jackal beat him on his neck, and broke his neck in the middle.

Since that day Heron’s neck is bent.