Early every morn-
ing, a shepherd took
his flock of sheep
out in the fields to
graze. He would sit
by watching - as the
sheep lazily munched on fresh grass.
After they had eaten, he would round
them up and walk back home.
Sometimes while watching his flock, he
would curl up in a quiet corner and go
off to sleep.
One day, the shepherd caught a wolf
which had strayed into the field, eyeing
his sheep. However, it was some dis-
tance away and it made no effort to
come nearer. The shepherd at first
stood on guard against the wolf, as
against an enemy, and kept a strict
watch over its movements.
But the wolf did not do anything.
When the shepherd herded the sheep
and headed home with his flock, the
wolf quietly followed them at a dis-
This continued for a while. The shep-
herd would find the wolf waiting at the
edge of the field every morning. But it
made not the slightest effort to seize
the sheep and would just watch. So, by
and by, the shepherd let down his
guard a bit. A few days later, he began
to actually look forward to the wolf's
The wolf, who generally sat on a
large piece of rock, looked like a big
sheep dog from afar. The shepherd
thought that other wild animals or mis-
chief-makers would be scared of the
'dog's presence and not harm his flock
while it was around.
Now, he began to look upon the wolf
as a guardian of his flock. One day, in
the middle of grazing his sheep, the
shepherd was called back to home
urgently. Leaving the sheep entirely in
charge of the wolf, he left.
When he came back, what did he
find? That the wolf had eaten most of
his flock, with only a few sheep wan-
dering about. Carcasses of the dead
sheep lay around, everywhere.
The shepherd sat down in shock
after witnessing the slaughter. "Serves
me right," he moaned to himself, "after
all, I entrusted the welfare of my flock
to a wolf."
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