The fox wasn’t very well liked among the other animals in the forest.
“I must get them to like me better than any other animal in the forest,” he said to himself.
So, he went through the forest spread rumors and lies about the birds, the bears, and the groundhogs. He thought that the animals would hate them and start to like him instead.
Then the fox was caught in a hunter’s trap.
The birds flew by and the fox shouted, “Birds, grab hold of this cage and lift it up into the air so I can escape!”
They snickered at him and kept flying by because they heard what he had said about them.
The groundhog approached and the fox said, “Groundhog, dig me a hole so I can crawl under the cage and escape.
The groundhog knew what the fox had said about him and continued walking by.
The bear approached and the fox said, “Bear, pick up this cage and pull it off of me so I can run before the hunters return.”
The bear knew what the fox had said about him, too, and continued to walk by.
There was no one in the entire forest now to help the fox escape.
The Eighth Commandment: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.