There was once a hare who was very proud of his long ears. He thought they made him look handsome and distinguished. He liked to show them off to the other animals, and often boasted about how much he could hear with them.
One day, he met a fox who had very short ears. The hare decided to make fun of him, and said, “Hey, fox, what’s wrong with your ears? They are so tiny and stubby. How can you hear anything with them?”
The fox felt insulted, but he did not lose his temper. He replied calmly, “My ears are just right for me. They are not too big and not too small. They suit me well, and I can hear everything I need to hear.”
The hare was not satisfied with this answer. He wanted to prove that his ears were better than the fox’s. He challenged the fox to a hearing contest. He said, “Let’s see who can hear better. We’ll go to the edge of the forest, and listen for the sounds of the hunters. Whoever hears them first, wins.”
The fox agreed to the contest, and they went to the edge of the forest. They sat down and listened carefully. The hare was confident that he would hear the hunters before the fox, because of his long ears.
But he was wrong. The fox heard the hunters first, and warned the hare. He said, “Hare, I hear the hunters coming. We should run away.”
The hare was surprised, and asked, “How can you hear them? I don’t hear anything.”
The fox said, “That’s because your ears are too long. They block your hearing. You should fold them down, like mine.”
The hare realized that the fox was right. His long ears were not an advantage, but a disadvantage. They prevented him from hearing the danger. He quickly folded his ears down, and followed the fox to a safe place.
The hare learned a valuable lesson that day. He learned that it is not wise to be proud of something that is not useful, and to mock others for something that is not their fault. He learned to appreciate his ears, and to respect the ears of others.
Moral: We should not be proud of something that is not useful, and we should not mock others for something that is not their fault.