THE FOX AND THE PARROT
This is a version of the fable about the fox,
the crow and a piece of cheese
One summer day the mischievous Fox went for a walk. She was
walking in the forest, she walked and walked - and suddenly saw
the Parrot sitting on a pine-tree. And he was not a small parrot
but a giant one, red, with bluish green wings and a very long
tail! He was sitting on a branch holding a big piece of cheese in
"Here is my dinner," the Fox thought. "The Parrot will be my
first course and the cheese - the second. And I'll have a nice
broom out of that beautiful long tail!"
She sat down under the pine-tree and looked up at the
Parrot. The Parrot lowered his head to his shoulder and looked
down at the Fox.
"Ah, it's so nice to see you!" the cheat said in her most
"Hll!" the Parrot mumbled without letting the cheese out of
"Hello to you as well, my beautiful," the Fox sang
understanding what the Parrot wanted to say. "The weather is nice
today, isn't it?"
"Wn-dr-fl," the Parrot said meaning "wonderful". The Fox
understood him perfectly.
"I have never seen feathers brighter than yours," the Fox
informed him. "And how are such magnificent, such wonderful
parrots called?" The Fox rolled her eyes. "Ah, I am so curious!"
"Mcw..." the Parrot answered. "Mcw!"
He wanted to say "macaw" but the cheese in his mouth did not
allow him to speak normally. And he did not intend to part with
the tasty morsel. The Parrot was a city bird, educated and
contrary to the Fox, had read Grandpa Krylov's fables. On the other
hand, he loved to talk like all the parrots.
The Fox waved her fluffy red tail and looked at the Parrot
"I like you so much, my dear macaw! You have such a pretty
beak! Such wings! I am sure that they are bigger and stronger
than eagle's!" The Parrot spread his wings immediately and puffed
up proud of himself. "And your tail! An amazing tail! I am sure
that with such a tail and wings you fly quicker than lightning!"
The Parrot puffed up even more, the Fox smacked her lips and
decided that she may consider this pigeon to be in her pot
already - together with his cheese certainly. It was interesting,
she thought, if the Parrot would be too tough in comparison with a
"Your claws are more powerful than those of an eagle as
well," she continued to praise the Parrot. "You can catch and
take to the sky the fattest hare in the forest! Not even a hare -
a whole sheep! Or a cow!"
"Uh-huh," the Parrot agreed without opening his mouth. He
did not fully understand why it was necessary to take a hare, a
sheep and more so a cow to the sky but it was so pleasant to
listen to praise!
"Which country do such beauties come from?" the Fox
continued enthusiastically. "No other place than paradise for
sure! You must have rivers full of cream there and land flowing
with milk and honey..." She rolled her cunning eyes again.
"Brzl," the Parrot answered assuming a dignified air. We
understand certainly that he meant "Brazil" where all the macaw
parrots come from but the Fox was not very good at geography. She
decided that the Parrot had said "break off". That's what she did
not intend to do, just on the contrary! She intended to pull the
wool over the Parrot's eyes, pull his leg (or beak), fool him
with her smooth talk. She was already smelling the aroma of
parrot soup and the smell of cheese was tickling her nostrils as
One must say that the Fox was not much interested where that
tasty macaw had come from. She decided that the Parrot had come from
Africa. Like many forest animals, the cheat thought that there was
no farther place than Africa in the world though that is not true.
The road to Brazil, for example, is much longer.
"How do you like our part of the world?" the Fox was
curious. "Surely such a noble foreigner stopped at the best
palace, didn't you?"
"Crcs," the Parrot answered shortly and that the Fox
understood correctly because any animal in the forest had heard
about the circus.
"I can see that you are fed well," the Fox mentioned looking
hungrily at the cheese as well as at the well-fed Parrot.
"Wll..." the Parrot confirmed closing his beak more firmly.
To tell the truth, he had stolen the cheese from the window sill
of some scatterbrain when he had run away from the circus in the
morning together with his friend looking for adventures. He
performed in the "Brazilian Stars" show with the same friend but
both of them were sick and tired of the circus arena and
spectators' applause. It sometimes happens to actors, to circus
"And what do you do in the circus?" the Fox raised her eyes
thoughtfully. "Ah, I know! You are a great actor certainly! The
most famous, the most wonderful, the most glorious!"
"Actr!" the Parrot barked thrusting his chest forward and
spreading his wings once again; nevertheless he held the cheese
The Fox was beside herself with delight; she will soon have
an African parrot in her pot and not an ordinary one but a great
actor from the circus! Ah, that was so wonderful!
"The actors must eat well," she said didactically and
suddenly cried full of enthusiasm, "And why do not we have dinner
together? You have your cheese and I was just going to bake a
"With parrot meat," the cheat added silently. She did not
know what parrots liked best but was sure that it was possible to
tempt even an ostrich with a pie. A pie is a pie even in Africa!
"A p-p-pie!" the Parrot cried with delight and danced on the
branch. "A p-p-pie!"
It was evident he liked pies a lot. "Maybe I should really
bake a pie," the Fox thought. "Or should it be soup?" Aloud she
sang tenderly, "Well, my sweet gourmand, come down and let's go
to my lair."
The Parrot pinned the cheese carefully on the closest sharp
branch and said, "I am not alone! I am with my friend!"
With his friend! Ah, how delighted the Fox was! One could
only dream about it - with a friend! Now she will have both her pie
"No problem! Let him come with us!" the cheat cried. "And
where is that friend of yours?"
"Close, very close," the Parrot assured her. "Just behind
The Fox turned round smacking her lips. Behind her back
there was a giant jaguar. He also smacked his lips.