One fine evening a fox was roaming around in the dark while it fell into a well. The water in the well was shallow for it to survive the drowning, but the pit was too deep for it to jump off. The fox tried its level best to come out, but all was in vain. So, it decided to remain there until the next morning when the other animals will come to the well.
Next morning the fox heard a voice. “What are you doing there?” the squeaky voice said. The fox looked up to see the goat that was passing by the well. He thought he should make use of the innocent and silly goat to get himself out of the well.
“I came here to drink water”, replied the sly fox. “ It is the best water I have ever tasted. Come and drink the water for yourself.” The goat jumped into the well without thinking twice. The goat quenched its thirst and looked for a way to get out. But just like the fox, it also found itself helpless to come out.
Then the fox said, “I have an idea. You stand on your hind legs. I’ll climb on your head and get out. Then I shall help you come out too.” The goat was very innocent to understand the shrewdness of the fox and did as the fox said and helped him get out of the well. But, the fox did not come back to help the goat as promised. The goat cried for help but the selfish fox did not care.
While walking away, the fox said, “Had you been intelligent enough, you would have never got in without seeing how to get out.”
Moral: Look before you leap. Do not just blindly walk into anything without thinking.