A Fox caught in a trap escaped, but in so doing lost his tail.
Thereafter, feeling his life a burden from the shame and ridicule
to which he was exposed, he schemed to convince all the other
Foxes that being tailless was much more attractive, thus making
up for his own deprivation. He assembled a good many Foxes
and publicly advised them to cut off their tails, saying that they
would not only look much better without them, but that they
would get rid of the weight of the brush, which was a very great
inconvenience. One of them interrupting him said, "If you had not
yourself lost your tail, my friend, you would not thus counsel us."
(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)