The Kite and the Pigeons

Some pigeons had long lived in fear of a kite, but by being always on the alert and keeping near their dove-house, they determined to escape the attacks of the enemy. Finding his sallies unsuccessful, the kite resorted to guile.

"Why," said the kite, "do you prefer this life of continual anxiety, when, if you would only make me your king, I would secure you from every attack that could be made upon you?"

The pigeons, trusting to his professions, called him to the throne. No sooner was he established there than he exercised his power by devouring a pigeon a day. Whereupon one that yet awaited his turn, said no more than, "It serves us right."