They first took their way through the extensive gardens of the Caliph, vainly searching for some living thing, in order to make their experiment. The Vizier at last proposed that they go farther on, to a pond, where he had frequently seen many creatures, more especially storks.
The Caliph consented to the proposal of Mansor, and went with him towards the pond. Arriving there, they saw a stork walking up and down, looking for frogs, and occasionally striking out before him with his bill. At the same time far up in the sky they discerned another stork hovering over this spot.
"I will wager my beard, Most Worthy Master". said the Vizier, "that these two storks will hold a charming conversation together. What say you to our becoming storks?"
"Well thought of!" answered the Caliph. "But first let us carefully examine again the directions for resuming our human form.