A wolf was choking on a bone that had stuck in his throat.
"Help me!" he groaned. "Somebody! Anybody! Help me!"
But nobody wanted to help the wolf.
Then the wolf saw a crane.
"Use your beak to get this bone out of my throat!" he begged. "I'll give you a reward."
So the crane extracted the bone from the wolf's throat.
"Give me my reward!" said the crane.
"Your reward," snarled the wolf, "is that you were able to escape my jaws alive. Now go away before I decide to eat you after all!"
Don't expect rewards from wolves.
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 475 in the book, which is Perry 156.
(illustration by Rackham)