The Fox and The Sick Lion

The Fox and The Sick Lion
The Fox and The Sick Lion

The Fox and The Sick Lion

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Once upon a time, there was an old and aged Lion, whose claws and teeth were so worn out that it was not easy for him to get food as in his younger days. So, he thought of a cunning plan to call all preys inside his den and kill them easily.

One day, on a bright afternoon, as he was getting extremely hungry, he pretended that he is very ill. And he told every animal in his jungle about himself sickness and laid down in his den waiting for the visitors to come.

But as they one by one entered the lion’s den to offer him sympathy, he ate them up one by one. The Fox came as well. But, he was very alert for entering The Den. Firstly, he started inquiring The Lion politely, standing from a secure distance from The Den.

The Fox Turn

The Fox asked, “Hi Mr Lion! How are you feeling now?” The Lion replied, “Indeed, I am very sick, please come in for a sec to see me!” But The Clever Fox stayed outside very bravely, thanking The Lion for inviting him.

But later on, The Fox unmasked The Lion by saying, “I should be happy to follow as you told, but I am looking that many animal’s footprints are leading inside, but not any coming outside! Please tell me, how your visitors are coming out from your Den?”

The Lion could not answer this question asked by The Master Fox. Listening to no reply from The Lion, The Fox quickly understood everything that The Lion is not sick and pretending being ill, and is killing all the animals whoever is going inside.

The Fox immediately told this news to every other animal. Finally, The Lion’s trick failed, and he did not get food any further free.


This interesting story has two very meaningful morals, which are:

  1. Always take warning from other’s misfortune.
  2. Never trust a Fraudster.


The Fox and The Sick lion is one of The Classical and Famous Aesop’s Fable, number as 142 in The Perry Index. “The Fox and The Sick Lion” is alternatively titled as, “The Old Lion and The Fox”. Aesop wrote and published story.

This story consists of a Lion who gets his food through his wise trick, but later on, The Clever Fox exposed him. Also, earlier versions of the story are available, but each of them describes this lesson.

Every Time is Story Time

By story, we can grow our creativity of mind because every story has a moral. And if we learn more we can learn new and good things. That is why you tell these all Stories to your children and tell them their Morals. Because, by morals, children can learn new and unique things. You can learn morals by reading it loudly. So, why are you waiting for? Tell The Story of The Fox and The Sick Lion to your child and tell him the Moral of this Story.

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