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The Fox and the Bramble : A fox tries to save herself from a fall, but finds she would have been better off taking the tumble.
The Fox and the Bramble

Based on Aesop’s Fables as collected in the 1920s by French translator Émile Chambry.

A VIXEN* who was clambering over a fence found herself slipping, so to avoid a fall she reached out and grabbed at a nearby bush. But the bush was a bramble, and it cut her paws and made them bleed.

So the vixen cried out, ‘I turned to you for help, and you’ve made everything worse!’ But the bramble snapped back, ‘Well really, what did you expect? You grab onto me, who habitually grabs onto everything.’

This myth goes to show something true of people too, that it is useless to run for help to those who are by nature unkind.

* A vixen is a female fox. The Greek text of the fable uses the feminine throughout.

Based on Aesop’s Fables as collected in the 1920s by French translator Émile Chambry.

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Cunning little vixen... This is Flo, a vixen (female fox) at the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey.
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