One hot day a Fox was walking in the woods and spied a beautiful bunch of ripe grapes hanging from a vine. They looked so sweet and cool he ran and leapt but fell far short of the grapes. He leapt again and came a little closer but was still short. Then he tried to scramble up the trunk but fell backwards.
“Stupid grapes,” he said aloud. “They’re probably sour anyway.”
A Chipmunk sitting in the grape vine overheard this and said, “O! Sir Fox! These grapes are sweet and refreshing, I promise you!”
The Fox looked thoughtful. “How can I believe you when I can’t taste the grapes for myself?”
“If you like I shall chew the stem so they fall and you may enjoy them.”
“I should like that very much, Chipmunk, but if these grapes are so good why do you not keep them for yourself?”
The Chipmunk patted its very round belly. “As you can see I have stuffed myself on grapes already. These won’t last so I don’t mind sharing.” And with that he ran along the vine and chewed through the stem. The grapes fell right at the Fox’s feet. He took one and chewed it delicately, savoring the sweetness.
“You are right, Chipmunk, these grapes are indeed delicious. Come down that I may thank you for your kindness.”
The Chipmunk climbed down the grape arbor. When he was close enough the Fox snapped him up in his jaws and ate him.
Crunching down on his tiny bones and chewing through his fat belly the Fox said, “Indeed these grapes are very sweet and have made the flesh of the Chipmunk that much tastier.”
Moral of the story: Does anyone know how to keep chipmunks from chewing up the wires under your car? My wife and I have spent thousands of dollars repairing the damage the little bastards cause.