125. The Scorpion and the Frog

Aesop’s Fable of the scorpion and the frog.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scorpion_and_the_Frog

Short URL: http://j.mp/1FC4Fu6

This is an animal fable that seems to have emerged about 1954, but draws back to earlier fables involving a frog and a mouse, or a turtle and a scorpion. The more recent version goes something like this:

A scorpion asks a frog to carry him across a river. The frog is hesitant, fearing that the scorpion will sting him.

"But if I sting you, you’ll drown, and I can’t swim," says the scorpion.

The frog says, "But when we get across, THEN you’ll sting me."

The scorpion claims that he will be so grateful, he could not then sting the frog."

The frog, seeing the logic, agrees to transport the frog. But halfway across, the frog feels the deadly sting on his back. As the paralysis spreads, and he starts to sink, the frog says, "Why did you do that? Now we’ll BOTH drown!"

The scorpion replies, "It’s my nature."

— Changed 26 Jan 2018


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