The Wise Old Bird Story
A flock of wild geese lived on a very tall tree. The tree was in a dense forest in the foothills of the Himalayas. The tall tree had many leafy branches that stretched out like strong arms. Among the geese was a wise old bird who noticed that a small creeper was growing at the foot of a tree.
He showed the creeper to the others and said, “We must destroy it. Someday it will grow, and then the hunters will easily climb in and kill us.” But the other birds did not heed his advice. They said that it would be a pity to cut a small vine. “But when it grows up, it will become strong and difficult to cut,” said the wise old bird. “We’ll see,” the others said, and then forgot about it.
Over time, the vine grew taller and stronger and wound up the 0-tree, as the old goose once said. Once, when the geese went out in search of food, the hunter climbed a tree with the help of a creeper and threw his net there. In the evening, when the geese returned, they, to their great surprise, were in the net.
They tried their best to get out, but to no avail. They screamed for help, but no one could hear their cries. The night passed in fear and anxiety. The wise old bird said, “I warned you all to cut the vine, but you didn’t listen. This is the result of your own stupidity.
Tomorrow morning a hunter will come and kill us all. The birds realized that they had acted foolishly by not listening to the wise bird, and apologized. They learned a big lesson.
Then the wise bird said, “I will tell you the escape plan. Listen carefully. Tomorrow morning, when the hunter comes for the net, sit still and play dead. He doesn’t want dead birds, so he’ll throw us on the ground. Before he comes down, we must all fly away quickly. Now, this is the only way to be saved.”
The geese were looking forward to the morning. The hunter came early in the morning with his son. He was glad to see that he had caught so many geese. But when he climbed the vine, he saw that they were all dead. So he threw the geese on the ground one by one, while his son watched.
Wow! All the geese clapped in the air and flew away. The hunter and his son remained watching the geese, shocked and puzzled by what they saw.