A Hare was very popular with the other beasts
who all are known to be her friends.
But one day she heard the hounds approaching and
hoped to escape them by the help of her many
So, she went to the horse, and asked him to
carry her away from the hounds on his back.
But he declined, stating that he had important
work to do for his master. "He felt sure," he
said, "that all her other friends would come to
She then applied to the bull, and hoped that he
would repel the hounds with his horns.
The bull replied: "I am very sorry, but I have
an appointment with a lady; but I feel sure that
our friend the goat will surely help you."
The goat, however, feared that his back might
do her some harm if he took her upon it.
The ram, he felt sure, was the proper friend to
apply to. So she went to the ram and told him
The ram replied: "Another time, my dear friend.
I do not like to interfere on the present
occasion, as hounds have been known to eat sheep
as well as hares."
The Hare then applied, as a last hope, to the
calf, who regretted that he was unable to help
her, as he did not like to take the
responsibility upon himself, as so many older
persons than himself had declined the task.
By this time the hounds were quite near, and
the Hare took to her heels and luckily escaped.
Moral: He that has many friends, has