The Dog and The Oyster

The Dog ate an Oyster thinking it was an egg. He suffered greatly in his stomach due to this rash action. Dog should have thought before acting.

They who act without sufficient thought, will often fall into unsuspected danger.

Aesop For ChildrenAesop For Children

There was once a Dog who was very fond of eggs. He visited the hen house very often and at last got so greedy that he would swallow the eggs whole.

One day the Dog wandered down to the seashore. There he spied an Oyster. In a twinkling the Oyster was resting in the Dog’s stomach, shell and all.

It pained the Dog a good deal, as you can guess.

“I’ve learned that all round things are not eggs,” he said groaning.

Moral

Act in haste and repent at leisure—and often in pain.

Townsend VersionTownsend version

A dog, used to eating eggs, saw an Oyster and, opening his mouth to its widest extent, swallowed it down with the utmost relish, supposing it to be an egg. Soon afterwards suffering great pain in his stomach, he said, “I deserve all this torment, for my folly in thinking that everything round must be an egg.”

Moral

They who act without sufficient thought, will often fall into unsuspected danger.

1001Coclea et Canis

Canis, cum forte cocleam offendisset, ovum esse ratus, magno oris hiatu avidissime eam devoravit. Ilibus autem graviter dolentibus, exclamabat, “Ah! Meritas luo stultitiae poenas, qui omnia rotunda credidi esse ova.”

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