狐假虎威 ～ A Fox That Borrows the Might of a Tiger
“Hujia huwei,” “a fox that borrows the might of a tiger,” is a metaphor for bullying the weak by relying on powerful connections. It’s a good one for journalists to know. So what’s the story there? I’ve translated it from my textbook.
A Fox That Borrows the Might of a Tiger
One day, a hungry tiger came out of his cave to eat. He hunted for a long time but only found one animal, a fox.
The desperate tiger snatched him and made to swallow him whole when the fox fearlessly roared, “You have guts, but do you really want to hurt me? Don’t you know? God has made me the King of Beasts. Even you must submit to me. If you eat me, He’ll take your life.”
“What kind of nonsense is that?” the tiger said. But there was doubt behind his words.
The fox saw this. He pointed to his nose. “If you don’t believe me, I’ll prove it to you. Climb the mountain with me. When you see the looks on the wild things’ faces, you’ll know I’m not fooling you.”
So the tiger and the fox climbed the mountain, one after the other. When the other animals saw them, they were terrified and ran away, as promised.
“How was that?” the fox said proudly. “Now do you see my power?”
The tiger was reluctant, but there was nothing he could do. He didn’t realize that the fox had relied on the tiger’s presence itself scaring the other beasts away.