"Don't go outside the mouse-hole," said the mouse-mother to her daughter.
But the little mouse disobeyed: she ventured outside where she saw a rooster scratching the ground with its talons. The rooster terrified her.
Next she saw a cat sitting by the fire, licking its fur. The cat looked so sweet!
Then she ran back into the mouse-hole.
"Mother," she said, "I saw a diabolical creature with feathers and a saintly creature with fur."
"You have it mixed up," her mother explained. "There is nothing to fear from the feathered rooster, but you must never go near that furry cat!"
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 205 in the book, which is Perry 716.