The Fighting Cocks and the Eagle

Two young cocks were fighting fiercely for the right to rule a dunghill. At last, the one who was beaten crept into the corner of the hen house, covered with wounds. The victor flew straight to the top of an outhouse, clapped his wings, and crowed loudly to announce his victory. Just then an eagle swooped down from the sky, grabbed him with his claws, and carried him away. After watching all this from his hiding place, the defeated rival came out, took possession of the dunghill, and strutted about among his hens with all the dignity of a majestic king.

Old Learning: Pride goes before defeat.

New Take

The winner was not filled with pride but expressed excitement. It is not known whether the crowing invited the eagle. The defeated cock will also have same fate may be the other day.

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