41. The Crabs and the Fox

The crabs found a fox weeping on the beach.
"What's wrong?" they asked.
"The other foxes were planning to devour you," he replied, "but I said we should not harm such pretty creatures."
The crabs were glad to meet a friendly fox.
Then the fox said to the crabs, "Let's go dancing in the moonlight!"
The fox danced happily together with the crabs.
"Come dance, my friends, come, come!"
The fox and the crabs danced up the sand and into the grass-covered dunes… where all the other foxes were waiting.
And so the foxes devoured the crabs, every last one.

Inspired by: Indian Fables by Ramaswami Raju.
Notes: Here is an illustration for the story by Carruthers Gould.

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