Why the Bear Is Stumpy-Tailed
A bear sees a fox with fish. The fox tells him to fish by putting his tail into the water. The bear sits so long that his tail is frozen in and he tears it off to escape.
This tale is widespread, and includes other possible victims, including wolves and rabbits.
- George Webbe Dasent, Popular Tales From the Norse, "Why the Bear Is Stumpy-Tailed"
- D. L. Ashliman, "The Tail-Fisher: Folktales of Aarne-Thompson-Uther Type 2"