English KS1/KS2: Aesop's Fables - 29. The Goatherd and the Wild Goats

A herd of wild goats, with a wise leader called Sherpa, are often hungry and cold. Sherpa observes a flock of tame goats being tended by a goatherd, and provided with food and a warm sleeping place. Following Sherpa’s plan, the wild goats join the flock so that they too can have food and warmth.

The goatherd notices that the wild goats have joined the flock, but is pleased because he will have more milk and cheese to sell. He looks after the new goats to try and ensure that they stay with him, but in doing so neglects the goats he had already. Sherpa is concerned that he will neglect the wild goats similarly, should more new goats come along, so when spring arrives, the wild goats leave.

The goatherd is angry, but Sherpa points out that he should have treated all of his goats fairly.

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