Period: Early Twentieth Century
Length: 17 inches
A fox named John got caught in a trap, though escaped, but in so doing lost his tail. Thereafter, feeling his life a burden from the shame and ridicule to which he was exposed, John schemed to convince all the other foxes that being tailless was much more attractive, thus making up for his own deprivation.
He assembled a good many foxes and publicly advised them to cut off their tails, saying that they would not only look much better without them, but that they would get rid of the weight of the brush, which was a very great inconvenience. However, one of the party interrupted him and said, "If you had not yourself lost your tail, my friend, you would not thus counsel us."
John had been rumbled. And we’ve got his tail.