A brahmin was carrying a goat to the temple.
Three bandits were hidden along his path; they wanted that goat.
"Why are you carrying a dog?" the first bandit shouted.
"Fool!" the brahmin retorted. "It's a goat." He kept on walking.
"Why are you carrying a calf?" the second bandit shouted.
"No, it's a goat!" the brahmin shouted and kept on walking.
"Why are you carrying a donkey?" the third bandit shouted.
The brahmin was now terrified. "It must be a shape-shifting demon!" He dropped the goat and ran away as fast as he could.
The bandits got the goat.
Inspired by: The Panchatantra, translated by Arthur Ryder.
Notes: It is in Book 3, Story 5.