The Fox and the Worm

There was a worm who crawled out of a heap of manure. As soon as he emerged from the manure, he began boasting to all the animals about his medical skills. "I am as great a doctor as the famed Apollo, physician of the gods, with vast experience in medicine and boundless skills."
The fox took a look at the worm, and she was not impressed. The worm's skin was ugly and wrinkled, and as the worm moved he twisted and squirmed.
"O Doctor," said the fox, "you need to heal yourself first before you boast about your medical skills."

Inspired byMille Fabulae et Una, a collection of Latin fables that I've edited, free to read online. I am not translating the Latin here; instead, I am just telling a 100-word version of the fable.
Notes: This is fable 57 in the book, which is Perry 289. There's a similar fable about a fox and a frog.

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