The bat, the birds,and the beasts
There was a big fight between the birds and the beasts. The bat did not join in the fight.
Some birds said to the bat, "Come with us." But he replied, "I am a beast."
Later on, some beasts said to him, "Come with us." But he replied, "I am a bird."
At last the fighting ended peacefully. The bat first went to the birds, and wanted to join in the celebration, but they all turned against him. He then went to the beasts, but was also driven away.
The lion and the mouse
When a lion was asleep, a little mouse began running up and down beside him. This soon wakened the lion. He was very angry, and caught the mouse in his paws.
"Forgive me, please." cried the little mouse. "I may be able to help you someday." The lion was tickled at these words.
He thought, "How could this little mouse help me?" However he lifted up his paws and let him go.
A few days later, the lion was caught in a trap.
The hunters wanted to take him alive to the king, so they tied him to a tree, and went away to look for a wagon.
Just then the little mouse passed by, and saw the sad lion.
He went up to him, and soon gnawed away the ropes. "Was I not right?" asked the little mouse.
Hercules and Pallas
When Hercules was walking in the forest, he saw a ball lying on the ground. He kicked it because it blocked his way.
To his surprise, the ball did not roll away, but grew much bigger than before. So he kicked it again much harder.
The harder he kicked, the bigger the ball grew. At last it completely filled up the road.
Pallas then appeared. "Stop, Hercules," she said. "Stop kicking. The ball’s name is Strife.
Let it alone and it will soon become small again."
The lion and the fox
The lion once said that he was sick on his death bed.
So he asked all the animals to come and listen to his last wishes.
The goat came to the lion's cave. He stood there and listened for a long time.
Then a sheep went in. Before she came out, a rabbit entered to hear the last wishes of the king of beasts.
But soon the lion seemed to recover, and went to the mouth of his cave.
He saw a fox waiting outside. "Why don't you come in?" asked the lion to the fox.
"I beg Your Majesty's pardon," said the fox, "I have seen many animals enter your cave, but none of them come out.
Till they come out again, I prefer to wait outside."
The sick lion
A lion had come to the end of his days. He lay helpless under a tree.
The animals came around him. When they saw that he was going to die, they thought to themselves, "Now is the time to pay him back."
So the boar came up and rushed at him with his tusks.
Then a bull gored him with his horns. The lion still lay helpless before them.
So the ass felt quite safe. He turned his tail to the lion and kicked up his heels into his face.
"This is a double death." growled the lion.
The wolf in sheep's clothing
A wolf wanted to eat the sheep, but he was afraid of the vigilant shepherd and his dogs.
One day the wolf found the skin of a sheep. He put it on and walked among the sheep.
A lamb thought that the wolf was its mother because his skin looked like hers. So it followed the wolf.
Soon after they had left the dogs, the wolf came at the lamb and ate it up. For some time he succeeded in deceiving the sheep, and enjoying hearty meals.