An Ass feeding in a meadow saw a Wolf approaching to seize him,
and immediately pretended to be lame. The Wolf, coming up,
inquired the cause of his lameness. The Ass replied that passing
through a hedge he had trod with his foot upon a sharp thorn.
He requested that the Wolf pull it out, lest when he ate him it
should injure his throat. The Wolf consented and lifted up the foot,
and was giving his whole mind to the discovery of the thorn, when
the Ass, with his heels, kicked his teeth into his mouth and galloped
away. The Wolf, being thus fearfully mauled, said, "I am rightly
served, for why did I attempt the art of healing, when my father
only taught me the trade of a butcher?"
(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)