A fox had gotten trapped in a snare, and lost his tail as a result.
He then ran into some other foxes. "My brothers, where are you going?" he asked.
"We're on our way to the lion's palace," they replied.
"The lion's palace? I was just there, which is where I learned about the latest fashion: short tails!"
When they heard this, the other foxes immediately cut off their tails too.
Then the fox burst out laughing, glad to have these partners in his misery. "They may not have shared my danger," he said, "but now they share my shame."
Inspired by: Mille 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 41 in the book, which is Perry 17.