A traveler tied his horse to a tree and lay down to sleep.
A thief stole the horse and returned to rob the traveler too, but the traveler woke up unexpectedly.
"Where's my horse?" he shouted.
"The tree ate him," said the thief.
"Impossible!" retorted the traveler. "See that fox? She'll tell us what happened."
"I didn't see the tree eat the horse," said the fox, "because I was too busy watching flames shoot forth from the pond over there."
"But flames can't shoot forth from ponds," said the thief.
"No more than trees can eat horses," said the fox.
Inspired by: Indian Fables by Ramaswami Raju.
Notes: Compare the story of the mice who eat iron.