His Sixth Labor

Eurystheus ordered Hercules to travel to the town of Stymphalus to kill the birds who had been harassing the townfolk. These were no ordinary birds: they had beaks of bronze and fed upon the flesh of men. When Hercules arrived at the town, he saw the birds in a lake near the town. However, the lake was not filled with water; it was filled with mud. Hercules couldn't get to the birds by foot or by ship. Hercules spent most of a day trying to figure out how to get to the birds. Finally he turned to Minerva. She gave him a rattle, with which to scare the birds out of the mud. Hercules gave a sharp rattle and the birds flew up, enabling Hercules to shoot them with arrows.

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