67. The Hunter and the Jackal
A hunter shot a deer and was carrying it home when he saw a boar. "I'll catch the boar too!"
The hunter shot the boar, but only wounded it.
The boar attacked, killing the hunter, and then died of its wounds.
When the boar fell, it happened to crush a snake to death.
A jackal strolled by.
"What a feast!" he exclaimed. "Human, deer, boar and snake! I don't want to miss out on anything edible. I can even eat the bowstring!"
But when the greedy jackal gnawed the bowstring, the bow snapped, struck the jackal and killed him too.
Inspired by: Hitopadesha, or, The Book of Good Counsel translated by B. Hale-Wortham
Notes: It is in Book 1, Story 7.