It happened that a Fox caught its
tail in a trap, and in struggling to
release himself lost all of it but
At first he was ashamed to show
himself among his fellow foxes. But
at last he determined to put a
bolder face upon his misfortune, and
summoned all the foxes to a general
meeting to consider a proposal which
he had to place before them.
When they had assembled together the
Fox proposed that they should all do
away with their tails.
He pointed out how inconvenient a
tail was when they were pursued by
their enemies, the dogs; how much it
was in the way when they desired to
sit down and hold a friendly
conversation with one another. He
failed to see any advantage in
carrying about such a useless
"That is all very well," said
one of the older foxes; "but I do
not think you would have recommended
us to dispense with our chief
ornament if you had not happened to
lose it yourself."
Moral of Aesop's Fable:
"Distrust interested advice"