A Wolf had been gorging on an animal
he had killed, when suddenly a small
bone in the meat stuck in his throat
and he could not swallow it.
He soon felt terrible pain in his
throat, and ran up and down groaning
and groaning and seeking for
something to relieve the pain.
He tried to induce every one he met
to remove the bone. "I would give
anything," said he, "if you
would take it out."
At last the Crane agreed to try, and
told the Wolf to lie on his side and
open his jaws as wide as he could.
Then the Crane put its long neck
down the Wolf's throat, and with its
beak loosened the bone, till at last
it got it out.
"Will you kindly give me the
reward you promised?" said the
The Wolf grinned and showed his
teeth and said: "Be content. You
have put your head inside a Wolf's
mouth and taken it out again in
safety; that ought to be reward
enough for you."