A Cock carried in a Litter by Cats

The New Fables—attributed to Phædrus
An extreme feeling of Security often leads Men into Danger.
A Cock had some Cats to carry him in his litter: a Fox on seeing him borne along in this pompous manner, said: “I advise you to be on your guard against treachery, for if you were to examine the countenances of those creatures, you would pronounce that they are carrying a booty, not a burden.” As soon as the savage brotherhood began to be hungry, they tore their Master to pieces, and went shares in the proceeds of their guilt.