"Any animal without a tail is banished from my kingdom!" proclaimed the lion-king. He waved his own tail dramatically. "All animals must have tails. If not, be gone before nightfall!"
The ape had no tail, so he packed his bags and prepared to leave.
He was surprised to see the fox packing her bags too.
"You have a most impressive tail!" said the ape. "The lion-king's command doesn't apply to you."
"True," said the fox. "But this king is a danger to us all: at any moment he could condemn me for no reason just as he has condemned you."
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 22 in the book, which is not in Perry; it comes from the fables of Faernus.