The Hare and his Ears

The Hare and his Ears

Those who love Aesop’s Fables might know the story of the “The Hare and his Ears” or “The Hare and his Shadow”. It is not so well known but it comes from the very large collection of the stories called as the Aesop’s Fables. It is the story of a timid rabbit who is afraid of everything.

The Hare and his Shadow
The Hare and his Shadow


The king of the forest, the mighty Lion, was once eating a goat when the horns of the goat pierced him. He was angry. He roared loudly.


He was so angry that he called all the animals of the forest to a meeting.

The lion said, “Who dares wear such dangerous crowns on their hears? How dare anyone wear horns?”

The animals remained silent as they were afraid of the lion.

The Lion announced, “Hear me well! Anyone wearing horns should leave the kingdom by tomorrow. If I find anyone with horns, large or small, I shall kill them with my mighty claws.”

The animals were terrified. All the animals that were born with horns started to pack and leave the kingdom. The remaining animals were praying as they were afraid that the lion would still be angry.

There was a very timid rabbit and he was very afraid. When he came out of his burrow in the morning, the morning sun fell on his back. He saw the shadow and his ears looked like he had very big horns.

He said, “I shall pack my bags and leave, neighbour Squirrel”

The Squirrel said, “But you have no horns. Why should you leave?”

The Rabbit replied, “The Lion’s anger is blind. He will decide that my ears are horns no matter what I say. It is best if I leave.”


Moral of the story:

The moral of the story is “Do not give your enemies the slightest reason to attack your reputation. Your enemies will seize any excuse to attack you. The moral can also be interpreted as “It is better to be safe than sorry”


Other stories which you can read

The Dog and the Hides
The Cock, The Dog and the Fox
The Farmer and the Snake
The Farmer and the Stork
The Cat and the Birds


Questions on “The Hare and his Ears

  1. Who are the main characters of the story?
  2. What was the lion like?
  3. Who or what was the rabbit afraid of?
  4. Explain what happens at the end of the story?
  5. What is the moral of the story?



  1. The main characters of the story are a rabbit and a lion.
  2. The lion was very powerful and angry. He was also unreasonable.
  3. The rabbit saw its shadow and was afraid that its ears looked like horns.
  4. The Rabbit  understood that the Lion’s anger was blind and would decide that its ears were horns if it looked at its shadow. So it was best if he left.
  5. The moral of the story is Do not give your enemies the slightest reason to attack your reputation. Your enemies will seize any excuse to attack you.


The Hare and his Ears – PDF

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The Hare and his Ears

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