A lion was awakened from sleep by a mouse running over his face. Rising up angrily, he caught him and was about to kill him, when the mouse begged: "If you would only spare my life, I would be sure to repay your kindness."
The lion was so tickled at the idea of the mouse being able to help him, that he laughed and said, "You, a small mouse, would be able to help me, the King of the beasts?" Nevertheless, the lion let the mouse go.
Shortly after this, the lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him with strong ropes to the ground. The mouse, recognizing his roar, came and gnawed at the ropes with his teeth and soon set him free. Then the mouse exclaimed:
"Was I not right? Now you know that it is possible for even a mouse to confer benefits on a lion."