THE BAT AND THE WEASELS
BAT, falling to the ground, was caught by a Weasel, whom he entreated
not to take his life. The Weasel protested that it was against
nature for a Weasel to let a bird go. Whereupon the Bat insisted
that he was not a bird, and to prove it, called attention to his
mouselike head and ears, which so confused the Weasel that he let
the Bat go.
Some time afterward, on another flight, the Bat fell again to the
ground, and another Weasel caught him. On perceiving that the Weasel
thought he was a mouse, the Bat contended that he had wings and
therefore was not a mouse, and was again allowed to go free.