Once there was a tree, and a bird landed on it and started pulling the leaves off. Eventually a boy came along and ate the bird, and the tree grew back its leaves.

What happened?


This happens on a regular basis

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    $\begingroup$ Nice riddle! :D $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Sep 2 '18 at 16:41

Might it be

'The changing of seasons' in which the bird would be autumn or abscission (The process in which a tree loses its leaves). The boy would then be the change to a next season (getting rid of the bird). In which the tree starts to get his leaves back. And of course the changing of seasons occurs on a regular basis

  • $\begingroup$ Yes! Well done on getting the answer $\endgroup$ – Rohit Jose Sep 3 '18 at 8:45
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    $\begingroup$ @RohitJose Nice riddle had me wondering for some time, until this morning I had a discussion with a friend of mine between summer and winter hours and then it struck me :p. $\endgroup$ – mrdeadsven Sep 3 '18 at 8:50

No laughing, but:

The boy's name was Robin. So:

Robin ate the robin who was robbin' pieces of the Picea Rubens, and the Picea Rubens re-budded.

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    $\begingroup$ What... I have no idea what you said but thank you for taking the effort of saying it! $\endgroup$ – Rohit Jose Sep 2 '18 at 17:31

Answered before the hint was included.

This mimics the story of

The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde (one of my favourite tales!).

Once there was a tree,

The Giant's beautiful garden.

and a bird landed on it

The Giant surrounds his garden with a high wall and a notice-board (the bird; "bird" sounds like "board") reading TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED.

and started pulling the leaves off

There suddenly came an eternal winter in the Giant's garden for which all the leaves fell off and the trees bore no golden fruit.

Eventually a boy came along

The Giant.

and ate the bird

The Giant took a great axe ("axe" sounds like "ate") and cut down the high wall.

and the tree grew back its leaves.

The Giant puts a crying boy up into a tree, wherefore it blossoms and the Garden stays beautiful again, forever and ever.

Both stories are split into three parts:

  1. The tree with the bird. (Expulsion from the Garden)

  1. The bird pulling off the leaves. (Dances of Eternal Winter)

  1. The leaves grew back and the bird is gone. (The Return of Spring)

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    $\begingroup$ I read that story! It's very nice and an interesting interpretation of my riddle, but again, not the correct answer. $\endgroup$ – Rohit Jose Sep 2 '18 at 17:29
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    $\begingroup$ @RohitJose I thought I had it for a sec... eh, oh well. I need to go to bed. I want to see if by, say, tomorrow morning, someone has answered it correctly; I really want to know what the answer is :D $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Sep 2 '18 at 17:34
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    $\begingroup$ Well, if anything were to solve a riddle, it would be stack exchange puzzling, right? $\endgroup$ – Rohit Jose Sep 2 '18 at 17:43
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    $\begingroup$ @RohitJose and there you 'ave it, folks! It's our new motto! :P $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Sep 2 '18 at 17:46

Time elapsed.
Time will heal each and every thing happened to you, no matter how horrible it may be.

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    $\begingroup$ That's very poetic of you, but not the right answer $\endgroup$ – Rohit Jose Sep 2 '18 at 16:27

Answer 1.

The boy ate the bird which had the leaves in it so now the boy as the leaves in him because he ate the bird. When he died, he became decayed into the ground and into the soil. So the leaves in the boy are now in the soil which helps the tree grow back the leaves.

Answer 2

The boy threw away the part of the bird which had the leaves in it and now that part gets decayed in the soil. So the soil now has the leaves which helps the tree grow back it's leaves.

  • $\begingroup$ That's a good was of looking at it, but incorrect. $\endgroup$ – Rohit Jose Sep 2 '18 at 17:29

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