~ 172. The Shepherd and the Friendly Wolf ~



There was a wolf who followed the shepherd's flock, never causing any harm.
At first, the shepherd regarded the wolf as his enemy, but he grew accustomed to the wolf, even thinking of him as a friend.
So when the shepherd had to go to town one day, he left his flock in the wolf's care.
As soon as the shepherd was gone, the wolf attacked the flock.
When the shepherd returned and saw the dead sheep, he groaned. "It's my own fault," he lamented. "I was a fool to have left my sheep in the care of a wolf!"

Inspired byMille Fabulae et Una, a collection of Latin fables that I've edited, free to read online. I am not translating the Latin here; instead, I am just telling a 100-word version of the fable.
Notes: This is fable 843 in the book, which is Perry 234.

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