Two friends were traveling together.
Along the way, they ran into a bear.
One man climbed a tree to escape the danger.
The other, remembering that bears won't touch a corpse, lay down on the ground and played dead.
The bear sniffed the man on the ground, pressing its snout against the man's face. Satisfied that the man was dead, the bear went back into the woods.
The first man got down from the tree and said, "What did that bear say to you?"
"The bear told me: don't trust a friend who deserts you in a moment of danger."
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 135 in the book, which is Perry 65.