The Story of the Robin, the Trout and the Crow: A Serbian Folk Tale
Have you ever wondered why the robin has a red breast, or why the trout has spots on its back, or why the crow is black all over There is a Serbian folk tale that explains these features of these animals, and it is called \"Prica O Crvendacu Pastrmki I Vra\". This tale is about kindness, gratitude and justice, and it teaches us some valuable lessons.
The story goes like this: Once upon a time, there was a robin who lived near a stream. He was very hungry, so he decided to catch a fish for his lunch. He saw a trout swimming in the water, and he quickly grabbed it with his beak. The trout begged the robin to let him go, saying that he was too small and bony to satisfy his hunger. He promised to show him a bigger and fatter fish if he spared his life. The robin agreed, and released the trout back into the water.
The trout swam away, but he did not keep his promise. He hid under a rock and laughed at the robin's foolishness. The robin felt betrayed and angry, but he did not give up. He flew along the stream, looking for another fish. He soon spotted a carp that was sunbathing on the surface. He swooped down and caught it with his beak. The carp also pleaded with the robin to let him go, saying that he was too old and tough to be tasty. He offered to show him a younger and juicier fish if he spared his life. The robin agreed, and released the carp back into the water.
The carp swam away, but he also did not keep his promise. He hid behind some weeds and mocked the robin's gullibility. The robin felt cheated and sad, but he did not give up. He flew further along the stream, hoping to find another fish. He finally saw a salmon that was leaping out of the water. He dived down and caught it with his beak. The salmon also begged the robin to let him go, saying that he was too big and heavy to carry. He suggested that he should look for a smaller and lighter fish if he wanted to have a good meal. The robin agreed, and released the salmon back into the water.
The salmon swam away, but he also did not keep his promise. He hid under a bridge and sneered at the robin's naivety. The robin felt deceived and hopeless, but he did not give up. He flew over the bridge, searching for one last fish. He then saw a pike that was lurking in the shadows. He plunged down and caught it with his beak. The pike also implored the robin to let him go, saying that he was too fierce and dangerous to mess with. He warned him that he would bite him if he did not let him go. The robin agreed, and released the pike back into the water.
The pike swam away, but he also did not keep his promise. He turned around and attacked the robin with his sharp teeth. He bit off one of his wings, making him fall into the water. The robin cried out in pain and fear, thinking that he was going to die.
But then something unexpected happened. A crow that was flying by heard the robin's cry and came to see what was going on. He saw the pike biting the robin, and he felt sorry for him. He decided to help him out of compassion. He flew down and pecked at the pike's eyes, making him release the robin from his jaws. He then picked up the wounded robin with his claws and carried him to a nearby tree.
He gently placed him on a branch and asked him what had happened. The robin told him everything: how he had tried to catch a fish for his lunch, how he had spared four fishes' lives in exchange for their promises of showing him better fishes, how they had all lied to him and broken their promises, how they had all laughed at him and insulted him, how they had all left him hungry and disappointed, how the pike aa16f39245