Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
342. THE JACKDAW AND THE EAGLE
Perry 2 (Syntipas
There was a jackdaw who saw an eagle carry away a lamb from the flock.
The jackdaw then wanted to do the very same thing himself. He spied a
ram amidst the flock and tried to carry it off, but his talons got tangled
in the wool. The shepherd then came and struck him on the head and killed
This fable shows that when someone lacking in strength tries to imitate
someone stronger, he proves that he is not only weak but stupid, and his
foolish behaviour can even put his life at risk.
Note: In a Greek prose version of this fable (Chambry
5), the shepherd captures the jackdaw and takes the bird home for
his children to play with.
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.