The Cock and the Fox

A clever old Rooster was settling down for the night on a branch. He crowed loudly three times and flapped his wings before he tucked his head under his wing. But just then, he spotted a flash of red and a long sharp nose, and there was Master Fox right below him.

“Have you heard the amazing news?” the Fox exclaimed with a very happy and excited voice.

“What news?” the Rooster asked very calmly. But he felt a strange, nervous feeling inside him, for, you know, he was very scared of the Fox.

“Your family and mine and all other animals have decided to bury the hatchet and live in harmony and friendship from now on forever. Just imagine that! I can’t wait to hug you! Please come down, dear friend, and let us celebrate the wonderful event.”

The Cock and the Fox

“How splendid!” said the Rooster. “I’m truly glad to hear that.” But he spoke in a distant way, and stretching up on his toes, he seemed to be looking at something far away.

“What is it you see?” the Fox asked a little anxiously.

“Well, it looks like a pair of Dogs coming this way. They must have heard the good news and—”

But the Fox did not wait to hear more. He ran away as fast as he could.

“Wait,” cried the Rooster. “Why do you run? The Dogs are friends of yours now!”

“Yes,” answered the Fox. “But they might not have heard the news. Besides, I have a very important task that I almost forgot about.”

The Rooster smiled as he buried his head in his feathers and went to sleep, for he had managed to outsmart a very cunning enemy.

Moral : Cleverness can save you from danger and false friends are worse than enemies.