The Bat and the Weasels

An Aesop Fable

A bat that had been knocked to the ground and was being held captive by a weasel begged the weasel to spare his life. The weasel remained unmoved and maintained that he was, by his own nature, an adversary to any and all birds. After being reassured by the bat that he was, in fact, a mouse and not a bird, the captive was allowed to go free. Soon after that, the bat lost his balance and plummeted to the ground once again. This time, he was captured by another weasel, with whom he pleaded not to consume him. The weasel said that he had a particular aversion to mice. The bat reassured him that he was in fact a bat and not a mouse, which allowed him to flee a second time.

It is good advice to make the most of one’s situation.


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