Æsop. (Sixth century B.C.) Fables. The Harvard Classics. 190914.
The Tortoise and the Birds
A TORTOISE desired to change its place of residence, so he asked an Eagle to carry him to his new home, promising her a rich reward for her trouble. The Eagle agreed, and seizing the Tortoise by the shell with her talons, soared aloft. On their way they met a Crow, who said to the Eagle: Tortoise is good eating. The shell is too hard, said the Eagle in reply. The rocks will soon crack the shell, was the Crows answer; and the Eagle, taking the hint, let fall the Tortoise on a sharp rock, and the two birds made a hearty meal off the Tortoise.