One day an old fox starts chasing rabbits and before long, discovers that he's lost. Wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch. The old fox thinks, "Oh, no! I'm done for."
Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching feline. Just as the leopard is about to leap, the old fox exclaims loudly, "Boy, that was one delicious leopard! I wonder, if there are any more around here?"
Hearing this, the young leopard halts her attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over her and she slinks away into the trees. "Whew!" says the leopard, "That was close! That old fox nearly had me!"
Meanwhile, a monkey who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So, off he goes, but the old fox sees him heading after the leopard with great speed, and figures that something must be up.
The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard. The young leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says, "Here, monkey, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine!"
Now, the old fox sees the leopard coming with the monkey on her back and thinks, "What am I going to do now?", but instead of running, the fox sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn't seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old fox says, "Where's that monkey? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another leopard!"