THE FOX AND THE FIRE

A fox, seeking to ease the effort that was needed to satisfy its appetite, decided to set its wooded home ablaze.

While the woodland was consumed in flame above, the fox hid deep within its underground home, dreaming of the bountiful crumbs that would litter the ground once the fire had had its fill.

But two sunsets later, when the ravenous beast emerged to survey its kingdom and claim its treasure, all that lay about it was in ash and cinders. Nothing could be scavenged from the scorched earth.

So the fox, being ever a survivalist, quickly set about chewing its own legs for meat. Thinking, as it did so, that self-sacrifice tasted best as a last resort.

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