The Lion, the Wolf, and the Fox
A LION, growing deathly ill, lost patches of hair as sores opened all over his body and oozed a foul-smelling discharge. All the beasts came to harass and poke their king with long sticks, except the Fox. The Wolf, thinking that he had a capital opportunity, accused the Fox of being the Lion's bitch and had a good laugh at the Fox's expense.
At that very moment the Fox came in and heard the words of the Wolf. The crowd of beasts roared out in a rage against the Fox. Seeking an opportunity to defend himself he said, "My king! If you transfer your ailment to a Wolf you shall be free of the curse!"
The Lion at once flung himself upon the Wolf and vomited an acidic stew of blood, pus and guts into his face. The other animals reeled and retreated in disgust. The Fox, turning to the Wolf, informed him with a smile, "I am not a bitch!"
The Lion, the Wolf, and the Fox (original fable)
A LION, growing old, lay sick in his cave. All the beasts came to visit their king, except the Fox. The Wolf therefore, thinking that he had a capital opportunity, accused the Fox to the Lion of not paying any respect to him who had the rule over them all and of not coming to visit him. At that very moment the Fox came in and heard these last words of the Wolf. The Lion roaring out in a rage against him, the Fox sought an opportunity to defend himself and said, "And who of all those who have come to you have benefited you so much as I, who have traveled from place to place in every direction, and have sought and learnt from the physicians the means of healing you?" The Lion commanded him immediately to tell him the cure, when he replied, "You must flay a wolf alive and wrap his skin yet warm around you." The Wolf was at once taken and flayed; whereon the Fox, turning to him, said with a smile, "You should have moved your master not to ill, but to good, will."