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The Heron And The Crab

This story is part 4 of 102 stories in the series Panchatantra Stories
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  1. The Crows And The Serpent
  2. The Cat, Partridge And The Hare
  3. The Gold Giving Serpent
  4. The Heron And The Crab
  5. The Day Dreaming Priest
  6. The Sage’s Daughter
  7. The Moon Lake
  8. The Bhrahmin And The Three Thugs
  9. The Giant And The Helpless Bhrahmin
  10. The Owls Became Enemies Of The Crows
  11. The Trader Dantila And The Sweeper Gorambha
  12. The King And The Parrots
  13. Town Visit Of A Village Mouse
  14. The Mongoose And The Baby In The Cradle
  15. The Hermit And The Jumping Rat
  16. The Thief, The Giant And The Bhrahmin
  17. The Fox And The Elephant
  18. The Hunter And The Doves
  19. The Stag And His Antlers
  20. The Lapwings And The Sea
  21. The Talkative Tortoise
  22. The Bird With Two Heads
  23. The Bhrahmin And The Diamonds
  24. The Cat, The Rat And The Hunter
  25. The Falcon And The Crow
  26. The Monkey And The Crocodile
  27. The Golden Bird And The King
  28. The Power Of Unity
  29. The Louse And The Bad Bug
  30. The Useful Thief
  31. The Dog In A Foreign Country
  32. The Little Mice And The Big Elephants
  33. The Bhrahmin And The Delicious Dishes
  34. Three Fish And The Fisherman
  35. The Visit Of The Swan
  36. The Golden Goat
  37. The Donkey Who Sang A Song
  38. The Lion And The Woodcutter
  39. Dharambuddhi And Paapbuddhi
  40. The Shepherd And The Wolf
  41. The Merchant’s Son
  42. The Donkey And The Leopard’s Skin
  43. The Mice That Ate Balance
  44. The Foolish Jackal
  45. The Wise Crab
  46. The Revenge Of The Elephant
  47. The Cunning Judge
  48. The Bullock And The Lion
  49. The Bad Lady And The Wolf
  50. The King Nanda And The Vararuchi
  51. The Dhobi’s Donkey
  52. The Fool And The Crooks
  53. The Peacock And The Fox
  54. The Marriage Of A Snake
  55. The Old Greedy Crane
  56. The Foolish Monkey And The King
  57. The Rotating Wheel
  58. Two Fish And A Frog
  59. The Clever Jackal
  60. The Frog And The Serpent
  61. The Fake King
  62. The Rabbits And The Elephants
  63. The Prince And The Seedling
  64. Courtesy
  65. The Wind And The Sun
  66. The Bear And Golu And Molu
  67. King Chandra And The Monkey Chief
  68. The Four Friends And The Hunter
  69. The Cow And The Tiger
  70. Bhrahmadatta, The Crab and The Snake
  71. Beware Of Mean Friends
  72. The Donkey And The Cunning Fox
  73. The Crow And The Monkey
  74. When The Lion Came Back To Life
  75. The Devta And The Weaver
  76. The Potter’s Truth
  77. The Prince And The Bear
  78. The Monkey And The Log
  79. Somilaka The Weaver
  80. The Merchant And The Barber
  81. The Giant And The Horse Thief
  82. The Crow And The Water Pitcher
  83. The Four Foolish Bhrahmins
  84. The Rich Mohan And The Poor Sohan
  85. The Bats
  86. Who Will Bell The Cat?
  87. The Cunning Snake
  88. The Wolf And The Lamb
  89. The Old Wise Crow
  90. The Mouse And The Bull
  91. The Lioness And The Young Jackal
  92. The Camel With A Bell Round His Neck
  93. A Poor Bhrahmin’s Dream
  94. Death And Lord Indra’s Parrot
  95. The Lion And The Hare
  96. The King Cobra And The Ants
  97. The Bhrahmin And The Snake
  98. The Thief And The Sanyasi
  99. The Lion’s Bad Breath
  100. The Monkeys And The Red Berries
  101. The Jackal And The Arrow
  102. The Trick Of The Crow

Long time ago there lived a heron by the side of a pond. It was a lazy creature and once devised a plan to get supply of fish without doing much work.

He went to the side of the pond and put on a gloomy face without attempting to catch any fish.

The pond was also inhabited by a crab, which was wise and often helped the fish in the pond. On seeing the gloomy heron, the crab asked her what the matter was.

The heron said, “Alas! I am worried that the pond is going to be soon devoid of any fish, which are in turn my source of food. I overheard a group of fishermen talking about catching all the fish in this pond. But I know of a pond somewhat far away, where all the fish will be safe. If the fishes are interested, i can carry a few each day to the other pond where they will be safe.”

All the fish were eager to make use of the heron in reaching the safer destination. So everyday some of them volunteer to go with the heron. The heron took some fish each day in the beak, and on reaching a large rock used to eat all the fish and leave the bones of the fish at the rock.

This way, she was able to get a continuous supply of fish at no effort at all. In the end, the curiosity got the better of the crab, and one day it volunteered to go with the fish. When it got closer to the rock, it realized the foul play the heron had been playing on the poor fish.

Enraged, it tightened its claws around the neck of the heron and snapped the head of the heron off. The heron thus died a selfish death. The crab crept back to the pond and told all the fish about the lies the heron had been telling.