An Ass carrying goods to the field stopped and ate a Thistle. While most would question this, the Thistle is a favorite of the Ass. People enjoy what they enjoy.
Androcles, a slave, heard a Lion in pain. He took a thorn from the Lion’s paw. Later Androcles found himself in the arena against a Lion. Same one. Lucky! Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
A Shepherd encountered an ailing Lion and took a thorn out of its paw. At a later encounter the Lion remembered the Shepherd and did not kill him. Return favors and favors will be bestowed on you.
A dream said King’s Son would be killed by a Lion. King built a fortress with a painted Lion for the Son. A thorn near the painting stuck the Son who died. We had better bear our troubles bravely than try to escape them.