Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE ANT, THE PIGEON AND THE BIRD-CATCHER
An ant was thirsty and went down to a spring expecting to take a drink of water,
but instead he found himself in danger of drowning. A pigeon snapped off a leaf
from a nearby tree and threw it to the ant so that he could save himself by
climbing up onto the leaf. Meanwhile, a bird catcher showed up and prepared
his limed reeds, intending to capture the pigeon. The ant then bit the bird
catcher on the foot which caused the bird catcher to shake his limed reeds,
warning the pigeon who flew off to safety.
The story shows that even dumb beasts experience fellow feeling and come
to one another's aid.
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.
Perry 235: Caxton 6.11 [English]
Perry 235: Gibbs (Oxford) 71 [English]
Perry 235: Townsend 288 [English]
Perry 235: Steinhowel 6.11 [Latin,
Perry 235: Chambry 242 [Greek]
You can find a compilation of Perry's index to the Aesopica in the gigantic appendix to his
edition of Babrius and Phaedrus for the Loeb Classical Library
(Harvard University Press: Cambridge, 1965). This book is an absolute must for anyone interested
in the Aesopic fable tradition. Invaluable.