The Fox and the Mosquitoes

: Aesop's Fables

A Fox after crossing a river got its tail entangled in a bush,

and could not move. A number of Mosquitoes seeing its plight

settled upon it and enjoyed a good meal undisturbed by its tail.

A hedgehog strolling by took pity upon the Fox and went up to him:

"You are in a bad way, neighbour," said the hedgehog; "shall I

relieve you by driving off those Mosquitoes who are sucking your


"Thank you, Master Hedgehog," said the Fox, "but I would

rather not."

"Why, how is that?" asked the hedgehog.

"Well, you see," was the answer, "these Mosquitoes have had

their fill; if you drive these away, others will come with fresh

appetite and bleed me to death."