This is the title of one of a series of short fable
s by G.E.Lessing
have entered it in the original German
as Der Affe und der Fuchs
(approximate!) English translation is below.
The Ape and the Fox
"Name to me an animal so skillful that I cannot imitate it!" In this way the
ape bragged to the fox. The fox but replied: "And you, name to me an animal
so insignificant that it could occur to it to imitate you."