~ 119. The Bear and the Bees ~



Once there was a bear in the woods, looking for honey, and he was stung by a bee. This enraged the bear! Roaring loudly, the bear grabbed the beehive, slashing it with his claws.
The bear's attack roused all the bees in the hive who then chased the bear in a mighty swarm, stinging him all over. He barely managed to escape.
Licking his wounds later, the bear said to himself, "One bee sting wasn't that bad, but now I've been stung by hundreds of bees, all because I let myself get angry. My anger was my own worst enemy!"

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 133 in the book, which is not in Perry's catalog; it is one of the fables of Abstemius. Here is an illustration by Barlow:



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