An Eagle Catches a Fish on the Wing

Fable: The Eagle and the Arrow 

An Eagle, after catching a fish from the middle of the river, was soaring through the air. A nearby hunter spied the Eagle as it flew back to its nest and the archer took careful aim. Suddenly the Eagle heard the whizz of an Arrow, and felt himself wounded by the winged dart.[1, 2]


Slowly the Eagle fluttered down to the earth, with his life-blood pouring out onto the ground.

eagle and arrow

Glancing down at the Arrow which had pierced him, the Eagle saw that the shaft of the Arrow had been feathered and guided with one of his own plumes. 

“Alas!” the Eagle cried, as he lay dying: “Death has a double sting, for all too late I know
that my own Pride that lays me low!”


Moral of the story: We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.


[1] http://www.taleswithmorals.com/aesop-fable-the-eagle-and-the-arrow.htm

[2] http://aesopsbooks.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-eagle-and-arrow.html