Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
299. THE CHICKENS AND THE CAT
Perry 79 (Babrius
A cat laid a trap for the chickens by hanging himself from a peg as if
he were a sack. When the quick-witted rooster with his hooked spurs noticed
the cat, he made this sharp remark: 'I've seen many sacks in my life,
so I know what they look like -- and not one of them ever had the teeth
of a living cat!'
Note: The Greek prose version (Chambry
13) is about mice, not chickens.
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.