The Shepherd Boy and The Wolf Story for Students
Once in a far away land, there lived a shepherd. He used to drive his flock back home daily from the pasture in the evening. One day he found some wild sheep mingled with his sheep. He shut them up together with his own for the night. The next day it snowed very hard, so he could not take the herd to their usual feeding places.
He let the wild sheep remain there in the fold with his own goats. He gave his own sheep just sufficient food to keep them alive, but fed the other sheep more abundantly in the hope of enticing them to stay with him and of making them his own. He dreamt of becoming richer by keeping so many sheep. In the morning, when the snow melted, he led them all out to feed. To his amazement, the wild sheep scampered away as fast as they could to the mountains. He tried hard to call them back but to no avail.
The shepherd shouted at them for their ingratitude in leaving him. He was ashamed of his partial behaviour towards his sheep and felt lucky to have them as they would never leave him. From that day onwards, he started taking better care of his own sheep.