What was the cruel trick played on Boxer when he fell ill and needed the help of his fellow animals the most?

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In chapter nine, Boxer continues to push himself to his physical limits in hopes of rebuilding the windmill, even after being injured during the fierce battle. Despite Clover and Benjamin's warning, Boxer continues to work extremely hard, until he suffers a serious injury pulling a heavy load of stone. When the animals rush to Boxer's side, he is lying incapacitated on the ground and explains to his comrades that something is wrong with his lung. Once the animals inform the pigs about Boxer's injury, Squealer explains that he will be treated in the hospital at Willingdon...

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