A very old lion lay ill in his cave. All of the animals came to pay their respects to their king except the fox. The wolf, sensing an opportunity, accused the fox in front of the lion:

‘The fox has no respect for your rule. That’s why he hasn’t even come to visit you.’

Just as the wolf was saying this, the fox arrived and he overheard these words. Then the lion roared in rage at him, but the fox managed to say in his own defence:

‘And who, of all who gathered here, has rendered Your Majesty as much service as I have done? For I have travelled far and wide asking physicians for a remedy to your illness, and I have found one.’

The lion demanded to know at once what cure he had found, and the fox said:

‘It is necessary for you to flay a wolf alive, and then take his skin and wrap it around you while it is still warm.’

The wolf was ordered to be taken away immediately and flayed alive. As he was carried off, the fox turned to him with a smile and said: ”You should have spoken well of me to His Majesty rather than ill.”


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