The Sick Stag

The Sick Stag
Aesop's Fables - The Sick Stag

Once upon a time, a sick stag lived in a forest full of tall trees and lush grass. The deer couldn't run or walk as it used to because of the cut on its leg.

A fox once noticed a stag and inquired as to what was wrong. The stag informed the fox about its wound and how it was unable to escape its captors. The fox offered to assist the stag since he felt bad for him.

The fox informed the stag that a nearby brook had unique restorative properties. Hopeful, the stag consented to accompany the fox to the brook. The fox instructed the stag to close its eyes and have faith in him as they went. The stag closed its eyes as instructed.

The stag opened its eyes when they reached the creek and noticed that the fox had taken it right into a trap that had been set up by some hunters. When the stag realized it had been duped, it asked the fox to assist it in escaping.

However, the fox only responded, "I'm sorry, but I have to put my needs first. I can't take the chance of getting caught in the net too. You need to have exercised greater caution and shown less faith in me."

The moral of the story is that even if someone offers to assist us, we should be cautious about who we blindly follow and place our trust in. Instead of mindlessly following others, it's critical to apply our own judgment and take precautions to safeguard ourselves.