Some wild geese lived in a tree.
The oldest goose noticed a vine growing up the tree. "We must tear down that vine before a human climbs it!" she said, but the young geese mocked her.
A hunter later climbed the tree and placed a snare there which trapped all the geese.
"Play dead!" said the old goose.
This time, the other geese did as she said.
The hunter found the birds all dead - or so he thought - and tossed them to the ground.
Then, as he was climbing down the tree, they all flew away to safety!
Inspired by: The Panchatantra, translated by Arthur Ryder. It is in Book 1, Story 22.
Notes: Compare the Jataka story about the quail who escaped the hunter: Fat Quail and Thin.