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The Tortoise And The Ducks Short Story & Audiobook

A curious tortoise is sick of his boring, slow life on the ground and wants to experience the world from above. But when he does there is a very important lesson to be learned.

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The Tortoise And The Ducks

Of course, you probably know that the poor old tortoise has to carry his house around on his back. That means that no matter how hard he tries he can’t ever leave home or go very far.

Once upon a time, there was a tortoise who saw how happily birds could fly around wherever they wanted. He saw how quickly rabbits hopped about here and there and how all the other animals could run as fast and as far as they liked.

a yellow shelled tortoise is curled up as two purple birds fly above and a pink rabbit hops past

The tortoise felt very sad, as he wanted to see as much of the world as all the other animals. But he was stuck, with his house on his back and his little legs that couldn’t carry him along very fast or far.

One day as he was walking slowly along by a pond he met two ducks and told them how sorry he was that he couldn’t go very far or see as much of the world as they could.

the tortoise stands next to a pond with two large white ducks

"We can help you!" quacked one of the ducks, "grab hold of this stick with your teeth and we will get either end and fly up so high that you will be able to see the whole countryside from above. But don’t say anything to anybody or you might be sorry."

The tortoise was really excited. He grabbed the stick firmly with his teeth and the two ducks flew up into the sky with the tortoise hanging on from the stick. The tortoise looked down at the countryside below and started to think that he was rather special.

Just then a crow flew nearby. He was amazed to see such a thing as a flying tortoise and said, "Good gracious me, are you the King of Tortoises?"

The tortoise was thrilled and replied, "Yes indeed, I am….." 

the ducks fly holding a stick in their mouths the tortoise is dropping below

Oooops! As he opened his mouth to say this he lost hold of the stick. He fell and fell and fell through the air and finally landed with a huge splash right in the middle of the pond.  

And the moral of that story is that foolish curiosity and being big-headed can often lead to misfortune.

The End

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