14.10.2008 08:19 - The Donkey Who Fell Down A Well
(NOTE: I didn't write this, but it bears repeating here)
Once upon a time, there was a farmer's donkey, who was frequently mistreated and beaten by his cruel owner.
One day, the unhappy donkey accidentally fell down an old, dry well. The Donkey sat at the bottom of the well and felt sorry for himself, until the farmer finally came looking for him. The farmer looked down on the donkey, in the old dry well, and came to the conclusion that the well needed to be filled in, and the donkey was old and useless anyway, so he got his farmhands to start filling in the well, burying the poor old donkey alive.
As soon as the donkey felt the first shovel-load hit his back, he realized what was happening and started to bray in horror. A few shovel-loads later, the donkey stopped braying. The farmer looked down into the hole, expecting to see that the donkey had died of shock, but, to his utter astonishment, he saw the donkey quietly staring back at him. Each time someone shovelled in another load of dirt, the donkey shook it off, and stepped onto the pile of dirt accumulating underneath him. Every shovelful, the donkey shook it off, and stepped up a little higher, until eventually, the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well.
The farmer was extremely pleased and happy to have his clever donkey back. Then the donkey bit him, ran off, and lived happily ever after.