A lion and a boar were fighting fiercely.
"I'll kill you!" roared the lion.
The boar growled back, "Not before I kill you!"
The vultures were delighted to hear these words, and they settled comfortably in a tree, watching the fight and waiting to see who would kill and who would be killed.
"I'd like lion for dinner," said one of the vultures.
"I'd prefer boar," said another.
But the boar and lion finally tired of fighting and left the scene, while the vultures cursed them both. "The lion has betrayed our hopes," they squawked, "and so has the boar."
Inspired by: Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists by Roger L'Estrange, 456.
Notes: This is Perry 338.
Here is an illustration by Harrison Weir: