A Fox after crossing a river got its
tail entangled in a bush, and could
A number of Mosquitoes seeing its
plight settled upon it and enjoyed a
good meal undisturbed by its tail.
A hedgehog strolling by took pity
upon the Fox and went up to him:
"You are in a bad way,
neighbour," said the hedgehog;
"shall I relieve you by driving
off those Mosquitoes who are sucking
"Thank you, Master Hedgehog,"
said the Fox, "but I would rather
"Why, how is that?" asked the
"Well, you see," was the
answer, "these Mosquitoes have
had their fill; if you drive these
away, others will come with fresh
appetite and bleed me to death."