The Greedy Crow
(Fable / Pabula)
One day a crow found a piece of meat on the ground. He picked it up and flew to the top of a tree. While sitting there eating his meat, a kasaykasay (a small bird) passed by. She was carrying a dead rat, and was flying very fast. The crow called to her, and said,
Kasaykasay, where did you get that dead rat that you have? But the small bird did not answer: she flew on her way. When the crow saw that she paid no attention to him, he was very angry; and called out,
kasaykasay, kasaykasay, stop and give me a piece of that rat, or I will follow you and take the wholething for myself! Still the small bird paid no attention to him. At last, full of greed and rage, the crow was determined to have the rat by any means. He left the meat he was eating, and flew after the small creature. Although she was only a little bird, the kasaykasay could fly faster than the crow; so he could not catch her. While the crow was chasing the kasaykasay, a hawk happened to pass by the tree where the crow had left his meat. The hawk saw the meat, and at once seized it in his claws and flew away.
Although the crow pursued the kasaykasay a long time, he could not overtake her, so at last he gave up his attempt, and flew back to the tree where he had left his meat. But when he came to the spot, he found the meat was gone. He was almost ready to die of disappointment and hunger. By and by the hawk which had taken the meat passed by the tree again. He called to the crow, and said to him,
Mr. Crow, do you know that I am the one who took your meat? If not I'm telling you now, and I am very sorry for you.
The crow did not answer the hawk, for he was so tired and weak that he could hardly breathe.
Source: Aguilar, Celedonio G. Readings in Philippine Literature. Manila: Rex Bookstore, 1994, pp. 18-19.