One sunny day, a wild boar was busy sharpening his tusks against a tree stump. He wanted to make sure his weapons were ready in case he met any enemies. He was so focused on his task that he did not notice a fox sneaking up behind him.
The fox was curious about what the boar was doing. He thought it was a good opportunity to tease him and have some fun. He approached the boar and said in a mocking tone, “Hello, friend. What are you doing there? Are you expecting a war? I don’t see any danger around. Why don’t you relax and enjoy this beautiful day?”
The boar stopped his work and looked at the fox with a stern expression. He said, “You may not see any danger now, but you never know when it might come. It is wise to be prepared for the worst. If I wait until I face an enemy, it will be too late to sharpen my tusks. Then I will suffer for it.”
The fox realized that the boar had a point. He felt a little ashamed of his foolishness. He decided to leave the boar alone and find someone else to play with. He said, “Well, I guess you are right. I’m sorry for bothering you. Goodbye, friend.” And he ran away.
The boar resumed his work, feeling satisfied that he had taught the fox a lesson.
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