One day a farmer’s donkey fell into an abandoned well. The animal brayed piteously as the farmer looked down and tried to figure out how to get his donkey out of the well. He couldn’t think of any way to do it.
As much as he loved the old donkey, he realized that the animal was going to die down there. He figured the least he could do was to cover the donkey up and so he sadly started shoveling dirt into the well. At first, the frightened donkey brayed even louder as shovelfuls of dirt began falling on him from above. Then suddenly the donkey stopped braying altogether.
After a few more shovelfuls of dirt, the farmer sadly looked down to gaze upon his dear donkey one last time. To his astonishment, the donkey was standing up without any dirt on him and seemed to be looking back at him expectantly. Then he understood that the donkey was doing something amazing.
With every shovel of dirt he was throwing in, the donkey was shaking the dirt off his body and stepping up onto it. Thus he was always on the top of the dirt. The farmer started shoveling dirt with more enthusiasm, and before long the donkey jumped out of the well. Soon the donkey was braying again, but this time it was because he was running around with joy and kicking up his heels.