A Lion who was roaming through a forest, passed
upon a thorn.
Soon afterward he came up to a Shepherd and
fawned upon him, wagging his tail as if to say,
"I am a hurted, and seek your aid."
The Shepherd boldly examined the beast,
discovered the thorn, and placing his paw upon
his lap, pulled it out; thus relieved of his
pain, the Lion returned into the forest.
Some time after, the Shepherd, being
imprisoned on a false accusation, was condemned
"to be cast to the Lions" as the punishment for
his imputed crime.
But when the Lion was released from his cage,
he recognized the Shepherd as the man who healed
him, and instead of attacking him, approached
and placed his foot upon his lap.
The King, as soon as he heard the tale,
ordered the Lion to be set free again in the
forest, and the Shepherd to be pardoned and
restored to his friends.