One day, a fox saw a crow with a piece of cheese in his beak. The fox was very hungry and thought, “How can I get the piece of cheese?”
He thought for a while. Soon, an idea struck him. He decided to flatter the crow and thus began praising him. He said to the crow, “You are such a pretty and clever bird! If only you could sing as beautifully!”
Now, the crow was very proud. He wanted to show the fox that he could singvery well so he opened his mouth to sing and lo! The piece of cheese he was eating fell to the ground. The fox laughed at the crow and picked up the cheese and ate it hungrily.
Too late the crow realised that one should not be vain.