The Rooster and the Fox
an Aesop Fable
A rooster was perched on a branch of a very high tree, crowing loudly. His powerful exclamations were heard throughout the forest and caught the attention of a hungry fox who was out and about looking for a prey.
The fox saw how high the bird was positioned and thought of a sly way to bring the rooster down for his meal.
"Excuse me, my dear proud Rooster," he gently spoke, "Have you not heard of the universal treaty and proclamation of harmony that is now set before all beasts and birds and every creature in our forest. We are no longer to hunt or prey nor ravish one another, but we are to live together in peace, harmony, and love. Do come down, Rooster, and we shall speak more on this matter of such great importance."
Now, the rooster, who knew that the fox was known for his sly wit, said nothing, but looked out in the distance, as if he were seeing something.
what are you looking so intently?" asked the fox.
see a pack of wild dogs," said the rooster, "I do believe
they're coming our way, Mr. Fox."
"Oh, I must go," said the fox.
do not go yet, Mr. Fox," said the rooster, "I was just on
my way down. We will wait on the dogs and discuss this new time of peace
said the fox, "I must go. The dogs have not heard of this treaty
of peace yet."
Beware of the sudden offers of friendship.