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50: Curing a Sick Lion

ATU > 1-299: ANIMAL TALES > 1-99: Wild Animals > 1-69: The Clever Fox (Other Animal) > 50: Curing a Sick Lion


The fox pretends to seek a remedy for the lion; advises him to skin the wolf .


50A. Fox Sees all Tracks going into Lion's Den but none coming out

A sick lion asks the animals for help and they all send an emissary. Only the fox does not enter the den. He sees trails going in, but none coming out.

50C. The Ass Boasts of having Kicked the Sick Lion

The fox praises him for his courage.


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Text titleATULanguageAuthorOriginPublication Date
Арыслан, Бүре, Төлке50Tatar_Russia_
Λέων καὶ λύκος καὶ ἀλώπηξ. 50Ancient GreekΑἴσωποςGreece_
Лав, курјак и лисац50SerbianДоситеј ОбрадовићSerbia1783
Le Lion, le Loup, et le Renard50FrenchJean de La FontaineFrance0

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