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The Tiger and the Crane
an Aesop Fable

       An old crane had adopted an orphaned tiger cub and raised the little animal along with his own baby. The two infants grew up side by side and became to be good friends and playmates. They never quarreled and played happily together.

tiger and crane

       One day another larger crane came along and treated the young one harshly. He bullied the little crane so badly that the young one cried out for help. Up rushed the tiger and without any thought, he gobbled up the bully crane.

     Now having the taste of flesh in his mouth, he realized how good the bird taste. He turned to his little playmate.

      "How much I love you, little crane!" exclaimed the tiger, and he had the bird for dessert.


That which is inbred inside will reveal itself outwardly.