A monkey sat in a tree, watching some fishermen as they cast their nets into the river and then pulled them back out, full of fish.
The monkey watched every little thing the men did.
After a while, the men set aside their nets and went to eat.
The monkey hurried down from the tree. "I'll go fishing too!" she thought. She grabbed the nets, but got tangled up and fell into the river.
"It's my own fault," thought the monkey as she sank under the water. "I didn't really know how to fish, and now I'm going to drown."
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 123 in the book, which is Perry 203.