Æsop. (Sixth century B.C.) Fables. The Harvard Classics. 190914.
The Fox and the Mosquitoes
A FOX after crossing a river got its tail entangled in a bush, and could not move. A number of Mosquitoes seeing its plight settled upon it and enjoyed a good meal undisturbed by its tail. A hedgehog strolling by took pity upon the Fox and went up to him: You are in a bad way, neighbour, said the hedgehog, shall I relieve you by driving off those Mosquitoes who are sucking your blood?