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One hot day, a thirsty OWL flew all over the fields looking for water. For a long time, he could not find any. He felt very weak, almost lost all hope. Suddenly, he saw a water jug below the tree. He flew straight down to see if there was any water inside. Yes, he could see some water inside the jug!

The OWL tried to push his head into the jug. Sadly, he found that the neck of the jug was too narrow. Then he tried to push the jug to tilt for the water to flow out, but the jug was too heavy.

The OWL thought hard for a while. Then, looking around it, he saw some pebbles. He suddenly had a good idea. He started picking up the pebbles one by one, dropping each into the jug. As more and more pebbles filled the jug, the water level kept rising. Soon it was high enough for the OWL to drink. His plan had worked!

Moral: Think and work hard, you may find solution to any problem.

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This seems like too much of a coincidence; two new members, both with "123" in the username, posting the same inspiring fable twice with the only difference being two different varieties of bird? What gives?

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This is Bridget.

Every day, Bridget has to walk for hours - over rough dirt roads - in crude wooden clogs - to fetch water from the village well.

The wind is cold, and the water jug is very heavy. Bridget would love to take shelter and rest for just a few moments.

But Bridget knows that if she takes hers eyes off the water jug for even a minute, stupid bloody OWLS will drop stones in it for no damn reason whatsoever.

Bridget's village lies right in the heart of OWL country. The Greater Spotted Water-Spoiler, the Lesser-Spotted Water Spoiler, and the Hardly-ever-spotted Total D-Bag OWL are constant menaces here.

Bridget's father used to be the village firkin-monger - a craft he learned at his father's knee. Now he sits at home, no longer able to monger a single firkin, crippled with OWL HERPES contracted after some dirty OWL dipped it's diseased beak in his drinking water.

As well as carrying water, Bridget has to pre-chew all her mother's food for her. Bridget's mother lost all her teeth when she went to take a refreshing drink of cool water, and crunched down on a stone some idiot OWL had dropped in the water jug, just for giggles.

Help us end this terrible situation.

Just $5 will buy a sturdy OWL-proof lid to fit over a peasant's water-jug.

$10 will pay a peasant to spend a day being an A-hole to OWLS... see how they like it.

$50 will buy Bridget's mother a sturdy set of pewter dentures.

Together, we can make OWL misery a thing of the past.

Thanks for listening.

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I used to work as a injured wildlife caretaker and rehab person, so I feel I can say with some certainty that owls do not drop stones into jugs to get water. They wouldn't waste their time. All they have to do to obtain some fluid is eat their prey. Little mousie's guts and blood are fluid filled. Owls can fly long distances and sure enough know water sources not obvious to humans.

Now, crows, on the other hand, like simians who dip a slender leaf into a hole and obtain little ant-snacks, and sea-gulls who drop shelled creatures onto rocks from a great heights to crack them open and thus obtain the innards, have these adaptive behaviors developed for survival. Nobody ever said a crow wasn't smart and wiley.

But, all an owl has to do is listen, and then swiftly and silently drop down, death-from-above-style, and their problem was solved, with no 'thinking' occurring in the episode. Fluid obtained.

Owls DO like to drink water, and even bathe in it, but dropping pebbles into a jug to get some water is kind of far-fetched for an owl.They ain't called 'wise' for nuthin'.

Phil-on-a-bike, I ADORED your story and the morphing into a classic ploy for donations. Brilliant!

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