The Nightingale's Song Unfrozen Nightingale
On a bitterly cold winter's day, Ivan the Russian is trudging home across the Steppe when he comes upon a Nightingale - chilled to its core and near death. A nature lover, he does his best to try to warm it up and revive it, but, sadly, to no avail.

The Elk - Arctic Heater

Then, as he is about to give up, he finds a pile of steaming hot elk shit. As a last resort, Ivan thrusts the bird in the shit, and goes on his way

Miraculously, the bird thaws out and lifts its head up out of the shit and gives forth a song of joy and thanksgiving.


Passing nearby, a timber wolf hears this song, and comes to investigate. Being hungry, the wolf scoops the bird up out of the shit and eats it.

Here comes the big bad wolf...

There are three morals that Russians take from this story

  1. He who puts you in the shit is not necessarily your enemy,
  2. He who pulls you out of the shit is not necessarily your friend,
  3. If you're in the shit, for God's sake don't sing about it.

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