~ 3. The Lion and the Rabbit ~
A lion found a sleeping rabbit and was about to gobble him up, but all of a sudden the lion then saw a deer passing by. The lion abandoned the rabbit, and he started to chase the deer.
Awakened by the ruckus, the rabbit ran off.
The lion, meanwhile, chased the deer a long time but didn't catch her, so he returned to the rabbit.
When he discovered the rabbit had also escaped, the lion said, "By Hercules, I got what I deserved: I cast aside food I already had in my paws, preferring to chase an uncertain hope instead."
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 5 in the book, which is Perry 148.