A Partnership and the Spoils – The Lion and the Fox

The lion approached a fox, and suggested that they form a partnership for the purpose of hunting deer.

The lion explained that each had particular talents that would lend themselves to such a partnership. The fox was wily, swift of foot and could trick the deer into the open. This way he could direct the deer to where the lion lay in wait to complete the kill.

After some discussion, the fox agreed to enter into a partnership with the lion.

All went as planned and a deer was killed, but when the fox tried to share in the kill, the lion challenged him. He stood by, helplessly, and watched the lion devour the entire carcass.

Afterward, he asked the lion why he had only left him a few scraps. The lion replied, “All I took was the lion’s share.“

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