Many years ago, there was a great
war between the birds and the animals.
The creatures with wings flew to the battle
site and made their camp. Those who had
legs walked there. The bats joined the
"Hey! I've got wings. So I must be a
bird. And there are more of us so we should
The first battle was long and hard, but
gradually slashing claws and tearing teeth
began to win over beaks and wings. The
birds were losing the battle and decided
to hide behind bushes.
When the battle was over, the
animals walked back towards their camp.
"Wow! Did we kick those butts?" cried
Bat in his high pitched voice. The animals
"What are you doing with us?"
shouted Beaver, slapping the ground hard
with his big, flat tail.
"You've got wings. You're with the
"Yeah, that's right" growled Bear.
And I'm goiing to eat you!"
"Guys, guys, guys, get real!" said Bat.
"When have you ever seen a bird
with teeth?" "Of course, I'm with you."
"I suppose so," grumbled Bear.
The next day there was to be another
battle and Bat walked toward the site with
"Let's rip off their beaks!" he yelled.
This time the birds flew as an army with
the sun behind them, its bright light blinding
the animals. The birds were winning. Again
Bat hid behind the bush. When it was all
over and the birds started to fly back to
their camp. Bat silently joined them.
"That was a good victory today," said
"Yes, we kicked their butts" shouted
Bat. "Hold on," said Crow.
"You were with the other side."
"Guys, guys, guys, get real," said Bat.
"When have you ever seen an
animal with wings like mine? Of course I'm
one of you." He flapped his wings
"I suppose so," said Eagle.
When Bat saw that the side he was
on was going to lose, he pretended he
was on the other side.
Eventually the birds and animals got
tired of fighting each other. They all came
together while their Chiefs had a council
of truce to decide how things would be
settled. It was very difficult for bat to
pretend that he belonged to both sides.
The Chiefs knew what he had done.
"Friends should always help each
other and not pretend to be one thing
when they are another," they said.
Bat has wings, but he is not a bird.
He has teeth, but he is not an animal. From
now on, Bat will only fly at night when
other birds are sleep and the animals are
All the creatures nodded and agreed.