Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
341. THE JACKDAW AND THE EAGLE
Perry 2 (Babrius
When an eagle seized a sleek and glossy lamb from the flock and carried
it off in his talons as a feast for his chicks, the jackdaw decided to
do the same thing. Accordingly, he swooped down and clutched at a lamb
but his claws got tangled in the wool on the lamb's back and he could
not escape. The jackdaw said, 'It serves me right for being such a fool!
Why should I, who am only a jackdaw, try to imitate eagles?'
Note: For a different ending to this fable, see Fable
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.