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Fable Aesop
The Donkey in the Lion's Skin
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A donkey stumbled across a lion's skin and decided to put it on.
"I'll be King of the Jungle for a day," he thought.

When all the animals that he met ran away at the sight of his
lion's fur, the donkey felt very powerful.

Along came a fox. The donkey said to himself, "That fox is always
calling me a fool. Let me teach him a lesson. We'll see who's
the bigger fool!"

The donkey threw himself into the fox's path and let out what
he expected to be a powerful roar. Unfortunately, all the fox heard
was a silly "Hee-haw!" coming from a hole in the lion's mane.

The fox laughed in the donkey's face. He said: "If you hadn't opened
your mouth, you might have fooled me. Didn't your mother tell you?
Clothes may disguise a fool, but his words will always give him away."

(Retold by Ellie Wen)

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