THE FOX AND THE GROUND-BIRD
There is a bird that country folk call 'ground-bird,' which makes sense, because
this bird makes her nest on the ground. A ground-bird happened to run into a
conniving vixen, and as soon as she noticed her, the ground-bird flew even higher
on her wings. 'Greetings!' said the vixen, 'May I ask why you are running away?
It's not as if there were not plenty of food for me here in the field -- grasshoppers,
beetles, locusts in abundance -- so there's nothing for you to be afraid of.
I am actually very fond of you because of your retiring manner and honest ways.'
The singing bird replied, 'Your words are certainly pleasant to hear, but I
am no equal to you on the ground. Here in the air, though, I can hold my own.
Why don't you come on up with me? This is the place where I would trust you
with my life!'