Image Source: A medieval bear licking her cub.
M0131 (not in Perry). Source: Desbillons 10.42 (adapted into prose). This fable is not in Perry’s catalog; it appears original to Desbillons, as he cites no source. The motif of the bear licking its cubs into shape was already reported in Pliny’s Natural History. For another fable about the lioness and her pride in her own offspring, see #9.