English KS1/KS2: Aesop's Fables - 26. The Old Lion and the Fox

Synopsis

A lion has grown so old that it can no longer catch its prey. It comes up with the idea of using trickery, claiming to be sick, then catching animals that show sympathy and come to help, and putting them in a sack to eat later.

A fox does not fall for the lion’s trick, noticing that tracks lead into the lion’s den but not out again. Instead, it gets the lion to close its eyes, then steals the sack. The fox frees the animals that were caught in the sack, and advises them to be more careful in future.

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