The animals of the forest made a bargain with the lion, who was a ferocious killer. Each day one animal would appear willingly at the lion’s cave to be his dinner, and in return the lion would not hunt the animals in the forest.

The first animal to appear was a timid rabbit.

“Why are you late?” roared the lion.

“I’m late because of the other lion,” said the rabbit.

“Another lion? In my forest? Take me to him,” said the lion.

The rabbit led the lion to a deep well, and told him to look in. The lion roared at his own reflection, and his echo roared back at him. 

“I am the king of this forest,” said the lion.

“I am the king of this forest,” said the echo.

And with that, the lion became so enraged that he jumped down into the well, and was never heard from again.

Reflection: an inch of wisdom is worth a foot of wrath.