A Hare with many friends was very popular with all the other animals, who all claimed to be her true friends.
One day she heard hunting hounds approaching and hoped to escape with the help of her many friends.
So, she went to the horse, and asked him to carry her away from the dangerous hounds.
The horse declined, with the excuse that he had important work to do for his master.
The horse felt sure that any of the other friends would come to the hare’s assistance.
She then approached 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; although I feel sure that your friend the goat will do what you want.”
The goat, however, feared that his back might do the hare some harm if he took her upon his back.
The ram, he felt sure, was the proper friend to ask for help.
So she went to the ram and told him her case for assistance.
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 finally went to the calf as a last hope, 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 in plain sight, and the Hare took to her heels and luckily escaped.
Moral of the story :
He that has many friends, has no friends.