One of the farmers, though, heard the “lion” braying like a donkey. The farmers then beat the donkey and stole the lion-skin.
The merchant later found the donkey's body in the field. “That foolish donkey should have kept his mouth shut!” he said sadly.
Inspired by: The Jataka, translated by W.H.D. Rouse.
Notes: This is the Sihacamma Jataka. A similar story also appears in Aesop's fables: The Donkey in the Lion's Skin.
Here is an illustration by John Batten: