There was a hawk who got caught in a net.
"Oh! Help me please!" he shrieked, but the hawk had no friends among the creatures, and no one would help him.
Finally a little mouse came scurrying by, and the hawk shouted, "Mouse! Please, I beg you: rescue me from this net if you can!"
The good-hearted little mouse gnawed through the net, setting the hawk free.
"With my compliments!" squeaked the little mouse.
But as soon as the hawk was free, he gobbled up the mouse.
Save a thief from the gallows, says Aesop, and he'll cut your throat.
Inspired by: Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists by Roger L'Estrange, 321.
Notes: This fable is not part of the classical Aesop tradition; find out more here.