As he came near, the Lion put out his paw, which
Was all swollen and bleeding, and Androcles found that a huge
Thorn had got into it, and was causing all the pain.

from Aesop – Androcles on Rap Genius

Meaning

When animals get injured in their paw, they can’t really move, they can’t really walk on it. Well, would you want to?

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