The shepherd led his flock of sheep to a great oak tree. He then spread his cloak out under the tree and climbed up in the tree to shake down the acorns.
"Come on, sheep!" he said. "I'm going to get you something good to eat!"
The sheep eagerly crowded around and ate the acorns, but they also ate the shepherd's cloak.
When the shepherd climbed down and saw what had happened, he yelled at the sheep. "You ungrateful creatures! You supply the wool for other people's clothes, but you have eaten the clothes of the man who feeds you."
Inspired by: Mille 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 844 in the book, which is Perry 208.
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