The Gardener and the Bear

There was a gardener who was living in solitude. In his lonely life, he made friends with a bear. He shared melons from his garden with the bear, and the bear became the man's protector.
One day the bear stood guard over the sleeping gardener, and he noticed a large fly sitting on the gardener's nose. He waved his paw to chase it away, but then the fly settled on the gardener's head.
The angry bear grabbed a stone and brought it down on the gardener's head, killing the fly… and the gardener.
Having a foolish friend can be fatal.

Inspired by: The Tortoise and the Geese, and Other Fables of Bidpai by Maude Barrows Dutton.
Notes: Compare the jataka story of the mother and her daughter: The Foolish Cook's Foolish Daughter. This story of the bear also appears in La Fontaine: The Bear and the Amateur Gardener.

Here's an illustration by Grandville for La Fontaine:

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