A calf was missing from the farmer's herd. The farmer searched the meadows and woods to find his missing calf.
"O Zeus," he prayed, "if you just show me who took the calf, I'll sacrifice a goat to you!"
The farmer then heard a loud roar: it was a lion, and the lion was tearing his calf to pieces.
When he saw the savage lion, the farmer prayed to Zeus again.
"O Zeus," he whispered, "now that I see who took the calf, I'll also sacrifice a cow to you if you will just keep me safe from that lion."
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 777 in the book, which is Perry 49.
(from Croxall's Aesop)