Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
222. THE FOX AND THE LION IN A CAGE
Perry 409 (Syntipas
A fox saw a lion that had been imprisoned in a cage. The fox approached
the lion and insulted him very rudely. The lion then said to her, 'You
are not responsible for my disgrace; the cause is my unfortunate situation.'
The fable shows that after suffering a reversal of fortune, powerful
people are often humiliated by mere riffraff.
Note: For the lion who is humiliated in his old age, see Fable
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.