'The Thirsty Pigeon', an illustration by John Vernon Lord
in Aesop's Fables; 1989, page 122.
The Thirsty Pigeon and the Picture
A PIGEON severely pressed by thirst, seeing a glass of water painted upon a sign, supposed it to be real; so dashing down at it with all her might, she struck against the board, and breaking her wing, fell helpless to the ground, where she was quickly captured by one of the passers-by.
Moral: Rushing into things without due thought and consideration can lead into disaster.
Text: Thomas James (133, 1848).
Selected parallels: Chambry 301. Perry 201. TMI J1792.1.