A shepherd found some orphaned wolf cubs, and he took the cubs home and raised them.
"When they grow up," he thought to himself, "I'll use them to guard my own flock. Even better, I will train them to raid the flocks of other shepherds."
But when the wolf cubs grew up, the very first thing they did was to raid the shepherd's own flock, killing all the sheep.
When he saw what had happened, the shepherd groaned. "It's my own fault," he said. "I should have destroyed the little wolves instead of raising them up for my own destruction."
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 842 in the book, which is Perry 209.
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