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The donkey lived a calm, happy life in the meadow. He did not work. There was water, plants, and many different kinds of fruit. The donkey thought: “I will stay here until I die.”

Before a week had passed, he began to feel bored. He cheered up quite a bit when he overheard the gazelle tell the goat: “I do not have wings like the bird, but I can run faster than the bird can fly.”

The donkey said to himself: “What fun and how funny!” Then he hurried to find the bird, who was warbling and skipping from branch to branch. The donkey said: “What? I cannot believe it. How can you go on warbling while insults come

BANIPAL 53 – SUMMER 2015 177

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