French fabulist Jean de La Fontaine wrote about an artist who painted a lion that had been killed by a hunter. In his story, people praise the painting because it shows human superiority over animals. A lion, overhearing the opinions of the people, chalks up their idea to imagination, explaining that “with better logic, we'd be winners in this fight if my fellow lions could paint or draw.” Viewing the painting The Persecution of Christians under Nero, a little girl burst into tears because she observed that a lion in the corner didn't have a Christian. To her, if Christians were on the lions' menu, there should have been enough for everyone. Fiesco, Count of Lavagna, created an animal fable on the political history of Genoa. When a bulldog tried to seize the throne, other animals, including the lion, revolted and eventually the lion was crowned king. Other stories...

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