|Fox and Crow|
1995 – 1997
Always keep your wits about you, lion cubs, and don't give in to threats.
A dove builds her nest in a tree, where a fox happens upon her and demands that she give him one of her eggs, else he will cut down her tree. Not wanting her nest to be destroyed, the dove throws down one of her eggs for the fox to eat, and it leaves the rest alone. However, the next day, the fox makes the same demand, and the dove relinquishes another one of her eggs.
After the fox leaves, the dove weeps for her lost eggs, and a passing crow asks if her children are dying. The dove explains what has been happening, and the crow tells her to ask the fox about his axe, for it is made of clay.
The next day, the fox returns, and the dove dares him to chop down her tree. She successfully calls his bluff, and the fox slinks away in defeat. After his failure to retrieve the dove's last egg, the fox learns that it had been the crow who had told the dove his secret, and he decides to enact his revenge.
Knowing that crows eat dead flesh, the fox pretends to be dead and lures the crow to his seemingly dead body. When the crow lands, the fox leaps up and seizes him in his jaws, which prompts the crow to laugh. The fox demands to know why he is laughing, and the crow relates that he had had a dream just like this, where he had landed on the fox and been seized in his jaws. The fox had then tossed him to the air, and his bones had dropped to one side, his flesh to the other, and his feathers had blown away in the wind.
The fox thinks that this is the best way to eat a bird, so he throws the crow to the air. The crow promptly makes his escape, leaving the fox with an empty belly. A few days later, the fox tries the same trick, but when the crow lands on him, the bird comments that a fox is not truly dead unless its ears are moving up and down. At once, the fox moves his ears up and down, and the crow makes his second prompt escape.