A crow was envious of the swan, which had beautiful silky snow white feathers.
The crow hated his coal black color and secretly wished to have his feathers as white as those of the swan.
The crow often thought about the reasons behind this difference. He closely observed the swan’s life style and his food habits.
He saw the swan swimming all the time in the lake and observed him eating weeds and other water plants.
The crow then foolishly thought that the swan was white because his feathers were being washed out all the time in the water and his food had added to his beautiful color.
So was his desire to change the color to that the crow flew down to the lake.
The whole day, he washed his feathers in the lake water. He even stopped eating his regular food and tried to satisfy his hunger with the weeds and the water plants.
However, even after continuing this routine for long time, the crow’s feathers remained black as coal. The only change happened to him was that he became thin and weak.
But one day the crow happened to see his reflection in the lake.
“What am I doing to myself?” he cried. “How could I have forgotten that I’m meant to be a crow! Being a crow is what I’m good at!” And he flew away to eat some proper crow food and caw with his old crow friends.