A Lion had come to the end of his
days and lay sick unto death at the
mouth of his cave, gasping for
breath. The animals, his subjects,
came round him and drew nearer as he
grew more and more helpless.
When they saw him on the point of
death they thought to themselves:
"Now is the time to pay off old
So the Boar came up and drove at him
with his tusks; then a Bull gored
him with his horns; still the Lion
lay helpless before them: so the
Ass, feeling quite safe from danger,
came up, and turning his tail to the
Lion kicked up his heels into his
face. "This is a double death,"
growled the Lion.
Moral of Aesop's Fable:
"Only cowards insult dying