27. Tortoises Hunting Ostriches

One day the Tortoises held a council on how they might hunt Ostriches. They said, “Let us stand in two rows opposite each other, and let one go to hunt the Ostriches, so that they must flee along through the midst of us.” They did so, and as they were many, the Ostriches were obliged to run along through the midst of them. During this they did not move and called each other, “Are you there?” and each one answered, “I am here.” The Ostriches hearing this, ran so fast that they quite exhausted their strength, and fell down. Then the Tortoises came to where the Ostriches had fallen, and devoured them.