A Lesser-Known Aesops Fable

Once upon a time, two friends went out camping in the desert. Like well-informed desert-goers, they took plenty of water. To keep the water from getting too hot in car and to claim their spectacular camping spot, they left the water containers under the picnic table. Little did they know, the creatures of the desert have grown very smart.

Upon returning from a wonderful day of exploring the desert, the two friends returned to camp to find the water containers with little critter holes in them and much of the water gone. In an attempt to save the water, one friend filled his water bottle with water remaining from the critter-holed water containers.

The sun went down on the desert and the two friends fell asleep. The water saving friend was awakened in the middle of the night with terrible pains in his stomach. Visits to the privy did not rid him of his stomach pains, so his stomach decide to take matters into its own hands. Under the bright stars of the desert, the offending water, with remnants of lunch and dinner, found its way onto the desert floor.

The desert creatures took note of the commotion. Coyote stood close by and watched the action. As the friend slowly made his way back to the tent, Coyote crept closer and closer to the scene of the commotion. The friends watched from the tent as Coyote ran and got his friend to share in this new midnight snack.

That just goes to show you that... Can you find the moral in this story?
Sunday May 20 2007File under: travel, road trip

Toggle Comments (12)comment?
on Sun 20th May, 2007 12:22 pm PDT Sean said:
Don't swap spit with desert critters?
on Sun 20th May, 2007 02:38 pm PDT Andrew said:
A fool and his vomit are soon parted?
on Sun 20th May, 2007 03:16 pm PDT Sarah said:
Water is for wimps- drink vodka.
on Sun 20th May, 2007 05:58 pm PDT Mom said:
Either of the following works for me: "One critter's trash is another critter's treasure," OR, "The three second rule doesn't apply to Coyotes in the desert." Or was he that fast?
on Sun 20th May, 2007 08:23 pm PDT amanda said:
are you sure it was water? maybe the coyote was just as fooled
on Sun 20th May, 2007 09:52 pm PDT Saxtor said:
Never allow animal kingdom to swap your water with ipecac.
on Sun 20th May, 2007 10:32 pm PDT jenelle said:
some coyotes can't afford regular dental check-ups so they have to concoct elaborate schemes to acquire pre-masticated food.
on Mon 21st May, 2007 07:26 am PDT Jule said:
Look before you leap... or... harm seek, harm find.... or....abstain and enjoy...or...don't leave your water out in the desert with a bunch of thirsty scavengers (lesser known moral)
on Mon 21st May, 2007 12:07 pm PDT Nesbitt said:
Waste not poop-a-lot.
on Mon 21st May, 2007 01:55 pm PDT Chris said:
Two of Aesop's morals jump to mind:Wise men keep gaurd on their tongues.Men argue. Nature acts.
on Fri 25th May, 2007 07:09 am PDT Mark Backlund said:
It's not always nice to share!
on Tue 29th May, 2007 12:57 am PDT Ryan Walters said:
What kind of critters were these?

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