Once a wolf had been feasting too greedily, and a small bone had stuck crosswise in his throat. He could move it neither up nor down, and of course he could not eat anything. Naturally that was an awful state of affairs for the greedy Wolf.
He asked for help to everyone but no one believed the wolf. At last he hurried to the Crane. He was sure that she, with her long neck and bill, would easily be able to reach the bone and pull it out.
“I will reward you very handsomely,” said the Wolf, “if you pull that bone out for me.”
At first the Crane was very uneasy about putting her head in a Wolf’s throat but finally she agreed to do task for the prize. She took that bone out from his throat with much difficulty.
When the Wolf felt that the bone was gone, he started to walk away. “Sir, my reward!” called the Crane anxiously.
“What!” snarled the Wolf, whirling around. “Haven’t you got it? Isn’t it enough that I let you take your head out of my mouth without snapping it off?”, said the Wolf and drove her away.
Moral: Expect no reward for serving the wicked.