The Fish and the Eagle
eagle once pounced upon a huge fish
in a lake, and plunged his talons into his
back. The fish pulled downwards, and
the eagle upwards. But, neither succeeding
in disengaging itself from the other,
the fish called all the other fish in the lake
to its aid, and the eagle summoned all the
birds of the air to its side. The birds
pulled the eagle up, and broke its wings.
The fish pulled their friend down, and
hurt him severely, till in the end both
sank exhausted into the lake.
The birds and the fish exclaimed, "When
neither yields in strife, neither can keep
his life. In such cases, friends can only
aggravate, in their attempts to alleviate."