The Ant and the Dove

AN ANT went to the bank of a river to drink, and was carried away by
the rush of the stream. He was on the point of drowning and cried out
“Help me!”
A Dove sitting on a tree overhanging the water plucked a leaf and let it fall
into the stream close to her. The Ant climbed onto it and floated in safety
to the bank.
“Thank you!” cried the Ant.
“You are welcome!” said the Dove.
Shortly afterwards a birdcatcher came and stood under the tree, and laid a
trap to catch the Dove, which sat in the branches, sleeping.
The Ant, seeing what the birdcatcher was doing, stung him in the foot.
“Ouch!” cried the birdcatcher. In pain the birdcatcher threw down the trap.
The noise woke up the Dove, and she flew away to safety.
“Thank you!” cried the Dove as she flew away.
“You are welcome!” said the Ant. “One good turn deserves another,”
And so the Ant went on his way, and they both lived happily ever after.


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