A Tale of the Crow and the Pitcher

Aesop’s Fables 10

An enterprising carrion crow by Walter Baxter is licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0

During a stretch of dry weather when there was little available for the birds to drink, a thirsty Crow discovered a pitcher that had a few drops of water in it. But because of the pitcher’s height and its narrow neck, the Crow was unable to get any of the water inside of it, no matter how hard he tried. The poor creature had the impression that he was about to pass out from thirst.

Then he had a thought pop into his head. He took a handful of the smaller stones and placed them one after another in the jug. Following the placement of each pebble, the level of the water gradually increased until it was finally within reaching distance for him to have a drink.

In a dilemma, making effective use of our brains could save the day for us.


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