- Year Published: 1867
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: Greece
- Source: Aesop (1867) Aesop's Fables
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 4.0
- Word Count: 108
Aesop, . (1867). “The Donkey, the Fox, and the Lion”. Aesop's Fables (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved March 10, 2014, from
Aesop, . "“The Donkey, the Fox, and the Lion”." Aesop's Fables. Lit2Go Edition. 1867. Web. <>. March 10, 2014.
Aesop, "“The Donkey, the Fox, and the Lion”," Aesop's Fables, Lit2Go Edition, (1867), accessed March 10, 2014,.
THE DONKEY and the Fox, having entered into partnership together for their mutual protection, went out into the forest to hunt. They had not proceeded far when they met a Lion. The Fox, seeing imminent danger, approached the Lion and promised to contrive for him the capture of the Donkey if the Lion would pledge his word not to harm the Fox. Then, upon assuring the Donkey that he would not be injured, the Fox led him to a deep pit and arranged that he should fall into it. The Lion, seeing that the Donkey was secured, immediately clutched the Fox, and attacked the Donkey at his leisure.