In a certain forest lived a smart crane and a wicked fox.The fox was jealous of the crane’s wisdom and always thought of ways to put him down.
One day, he went to the crane and said, “I am making some special food. Why don’t you join me for dinner?”
The crane gladly accepted the invitation. The sly fox served the food in a shallow dish.
The crane found it difficult to eat out of a shallow bowl and couldn’t get any of the food into his mouth.
The fox slurped the food, without bothering to ask the crane how he was doing. The crane now understood his prank. As he was leaving, he told the fox, “I had a delicious dinner at your place. Now it is your turn to join me for dinner tomorrow night.”
The fox happily agreed. The next night, the wicked fox arrived sharp on time. He was awaiting a sumptuous dinner at the crane’s house.
The crane served a fish dinner that had a very mouth-watering smell. He served the food on a tall jar with a very narrow neck. The fox was irritated. He just couldn’t reach the food. He could only lick the brim of the jar and sniff the tempting aroma. He was very angry and he knew he couldn’t do anything about it.
The fox realized his mistake and went away hungry.
“Do not play tricks on anybody unless you can stand the same treatment yourself.”