A big fire was destroying the forest, andall the animals were fleeing for their lives.
Only one small hummingbird stayed. It flew to the river,picked up one tiny drop of water in its small beak,flew back, and poured that drop on the fire.
Again and again it returned to the river, each timescooping up a single drop and pouring it on the fire.
The other animals watched from the far shore, laughingat and mocking the hummingbird. But, the harder they laughed, the harder the hummingbird worked.
"Just what do you think you’re doing?"the animals finally asked.
Without stopping her work, the hummingbirdanswered calmly, “I’m doing what I can.”