The Lion, the Wolf, and the Fox
A huge lion went hunting one day, and took with him a wolf and a fox.
They were all excellent hunters and by the end of the day the team had caught an ox, an ibex, and a hare.
The wolf was already hungrily eying their prey, so the lion magnanimously told him, “Wolf, divide up this abundance between us in any way you like.”
The wolf, though hungry enough to eat the ox himself, decided it was safest to give the largest prize to the lion. He claimed the ibex for himself, and handed the small hare to the fox. The wolf was already licking his chops and about to begin his meal, when the lion roared:
“Wolf! How dare you talk of ‘mine’ and ‘yours’!” With a single swipe from his mighty paw, the lion slew the wolf.
The lion slowly calmed himself, and then turned to the fox. With a huge smile, he said, “Fox, divide up this abundance between us in any way you like.”
The fox, being no fool, immediately said that the entire bounty belonged to the lion.
The lion rumbled in satisfaction, and said, “Fox, you are no longer a fox; you are myself. The entire bounty is yours!”
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