Quail King and the Hunter
a time, there was a Quail King who reigned over a flock of a thousand
also a very clever quail hunter. He knew how to make a quail call.
Because this sounded just like a real quail crying for help, it
never failed to attract other quails. Then the hunter covered
them with a net, stuffed them in baskets, and sold them to make
always put the safety of his flock first, Quail King was highly
respected by all. While on the lookout for danger, one day he
came across the hunter and saw what he did. He thought, "This
quail hunter has a good plan for destroying our relatives. I must
make a better plan to save us."
Then he called
together his whole nation of a thousand quails. He also invited
other quails to attend the meeting. He said, "Greetings to
our quail nation and welcome to our visitors. We are faced with
great danger. Many of our relatives are being trapped and sold
by a clever hunter. Then they are being killed and eaten. I have
come up with a plan to save us all. When the hunter covers us
with his net, every single one of us must raise his neck at the
same time. Then, all together, we should fly away with the net
and drop it on a thorn bush. That will keep him busy, and we will
be able to escape with our lives." All agreed to follow this
The next day
the hunter lured the quails with his quail call as usual. But
when he threw his net over them, they all raised up their necks
at once, flew away with the net, and dropped it on a thorn bush.
He could catch no quails at all! In addition, it took him the
rest of the day to loosen his net from the thorns - so he had
no time left to try again!
The same thing
happened on the following day. So he spent a second day unhooking
his net from sharp thorns. He arrived home only to be greeted
by his wife's sharp tongue! She complained, "You used to
bring home quail to eat, and money from selling quails. Now you
return empty-handed. What do you do all day? You must have another
wife somewhere, who is feasting on quail meat at this very moment!"
replied, "Don't think such a thing, my darling. These days
the quails have become very unified. They act as one, and raise
up their necks and carry my net to a thorn bush. But thanks to
you, my one and only wife, I know just what to do! Just as you
argue with me, one day they too will argue, as relatives usually
do. While they are occupied in conflict and bickering, I will
trap them and bring them back to you. Then you will be pleased
with me again. Until then, I must be patient."
had to put up with his wife's complaints for several more days.
Then one morning after being lured by the quail call, it just
so happened that one quail accidentally stepped on the head of
another. He immediately got angry and squawked at her. She removed
her foot from his head and said, "Please don't be angry with
me. Please excuse my mistake." But he would not listen. Soon
both of them were squawking and squawking, and the conflict got
worse and worse!
bickering getting louder and louder, Quail King said, "There
is no advantage in conflict. Continuing it will lead to danger!"
But they just wouldn't listen.
King thought, "I'm afraid this silly conflict will keep them
from cooperating to raise the net." So he commanded that
all should escape. His own flock flew away at once.
And it was
just in time too! Suddenly the quail hunter threw his net over
the remaining quails. The two arguing quails said to each other,
"I won't hold the net for you." Hearing this, even some
of the other quails said, "Why should I hold the net for
So the conflict
spread like wildfire. The hunter grabbed all the quails, stuffed
them in his baskets, and took them home to his wife. Of course
she was overjoyed, and they invited all their friends over for
a big quail feast.
moral is: There is safety in unity, and
danger in conflict.