A Goatherd was driving his flock from their
pasture at evening, while going he found some
Wild Goats moving along them, so he shut them up
together with his own for the night.
The next day there was a hard snowfall, so
that he could not take the herd to their usual
feeding places, but was obliged to keep them in
He gave his own goats just sufficient food to
keep them alive, but fed the strangers more
abundantly in the hope of enticing them to stay
with him and of making them his own.
When the snowfall set in, he led them all out to
feed, and the Wild Goats ran away as fast as
they could to the mountains.
The Goatherd scolded them for their
ingratitude in leaving him, when during the
storm he had taken more care of them than of his
One of them, turning about, said to him: "That
is the very reason why we are so cautious; for
if you yesterday treated us better than the
Goats you have had so long, it is plain also
that if others came after us, you would in the
same manner prefer them to ourselves."
Moral: Old friends cannot with
impunity be sacrificed for new ones.