"Please spare me!" begged the mole. "I'm practically a member of your family, after all. And I'm a hard worker! And my fur is so soft and beautiful!"
And on and on the mole pleaded, listing all her good qualities.
The gardener, however, was not impressed. "You speak so kindly now, but do you think you do me a service by digging up all my plants by the roots? You do that to fill your belly, not mine!"
Inspired by: Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists by Roger L'Estrange, 440.
Notes: This fable is not part of the classical Aesop tradition; find out more here.