There was a fierce war between the beasts and the birds, and the lion had taken command of the army of beasts, with tigers and bears, leopards and wolves, and all sorts of mighty warriors in his ranks.
The donkeys and rabbits wanted to enlist too.
The tigers and bears and other warriors scoffed, but the lion accepted the volunteers gladly. "The donkeys will be my trumpeters," the lion said, "and the rabbits will be my couriers."
The greatest commanders know how to make the best use of all their soldiers, based on the strengths of each and every one.
Inspired by: Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists by Roger L'Estrange, 346.
Notes: This fable is not part of the classical Aesop tradition; find out more here.
Here is an illustration by Billinghurst: