There was once a lion, king of the animals, who had grown old. He lay in his cave, pretending to be sick. Many different animals came to visit their king, and he devoured the animals one after another after another.
The fox also came, but stood cautiously in front of the cave, greeting the king from there. "I salute you, Your Mightiness!" shouted the fox.
"How good to see you, my dear fox!" replied the lion. "Why don't you come closer?"
"Because I see many tracks of animals going in," replied the fox, "but no tracks of animals coming out."
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 25 in the book, which is Perry 142.