In Jewish folklore when God created the world he made sure that every animal that walked upon the earth had a counterpart under the sea. To complete his plan he allotted Malak – ha-Mawet the Angel of Death with the task of making sure they were all placed beneath the waters. When the Angel came for the fox the fox began to cry and wail. The surprised Angel asked the fox why he was crying. The fox told him that his best friend had been placed in the water only the other day. Standing on the shore and looking in the sea the fox pointed to his own reflection in the water. When the Angel of Death saw the reflection he believed that a fox had already been placed under the water and so set him free.