A Crow, having stolen a bit of cheese, sat in a tree and held it in her beak. A hungry Fox, seeing this, envied the crow and wished to have the cheese for himself. So he came up with a cunning plan.
“How gracious you are,” he exclaimed, “how beautifully your feathers shine! Oh, if only your voice were equal to your beauty, you would deserve to be called the Queen of Birds!”
The Crow was really flattered by these words, so, anxious to be called the Queen of Birds, she gave a loud caw and dropped the cheese. The Fox quickly picked it up, and thus addressed the Crow:
“My dear Crow, you have a nice voice, indeed, but I’m afraid you have no wits.”