The Monkey and the camel

By Aesop

During the time of the animal kingdom, the animals used to have periodic gatherings where they would discuss important questions and elect their kings.

Very often one or two animals would get in front of the crowd and provide some entertainment. Once the monkey gave a particularly inspired performance of dancing, which was greatly appreciated by all the animals who were there. They cheered and applauded him enthusiastically.

A camel was in the audience, and he felt rather envious. He would love to be so adored. This desire made him get up and take his place before the crowd. He began to dance, and he thought he was doing quite well. The audience however thought he looked ridiculous and started booing and calling him names. The camel was so embarrassed that he retired from the meeting and made his way back to the dessert, where he has stayed ever since.