A Fox, swimming across a river, was barely able to reach the bank, where he lay bruised and exhausted from his struggle with the swift current. Soon a swarm of blood-sucking flies settled on him; but he lay quietly, still too weak to run away from them.
A Hedgehog happened by. "Let me drive the flies away," he said kindly.
"No, no!" exclaimed the Fox, "do not disturb them! They have taken all they can hold. If you drive them away, another greedy swarm will come and take the little blood I have left."
Better to bear a lesser evil than to risk a greater in removing it.
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The Dog and His Master's Dinner
The Cat, the Cock, and the Young Mouse
The Ant and The Dove
The Bees, Wasps and the Hornet
The Lion, the Bear and the Fox
The Boy and the Nettle
Fox and The Goat