A controversy prevailed among the beasts of the field as to which of the animals deserved the most credit for producing the greatest number of whelps at a birth.
They rushed clamorously into the presence of the Lioness and demanded of her the settlement of the dispute.
"And you," they said, "how many sons have you at a birth?"
The Lioness laughed at them, and said:
"Why! I have only one; but that one is altogether a thoroughbred Lion."