The Frogs and The Fighting Bulls

A frog saw two bulls fighting but wasn’t worried. Another frog said he should be as the loser might come to live in the area. The loser did and frogs died.

Watch out for unintended consequences.

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Bulls and Frog

Milo Winter (1919)

Two Bulls were fighting furiously in a field, at one side of which was a marsh. An old Frog living in the marsh, trembled as he watched the fierce battle.

“What are you afraid of?” asked a young Frog.

“Do you not see,” replied the old Frog, “that the Bull who is beaten, will be driven away from the good forage up there to the reeds of this marsh, and we shall all be trampled into the mud?”

It turned out as the Frog had said. The beaten Bull was driven to the marsh, where his great hoofs crushed the Frogs to death.


When the great fall out, the weak must suffer for it.

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A Frog one day peeping out of a lake, saw two Bulls fighting at some distance off in the meadow. Calling to his companions, “My dear friends,” said he, “whatever will become of us?” “Why, what are you frightened at?” asked one of the Frogs; “what can their quarrels have to do with us? They are only fighting which shall be master of the herd.” “True,” answered the first, “and it is just that which causes my fear, for the one that is beaten will take refuge here in the marshes, and will tread us to death.” And so it happened; and many a Frog, in dying, had sore proof that the fears which he had thought to be groundless were not so in fact.


Frogs and Bull C1

Design: Randolph Caldecott, Engraving: J.D. Cooper, 1883

Frogs and Bull C2

Design: Randolph Caldecott, Engraving: J.D. Cooper, 1883

A Frog in his marsh looking at some Bulls fighting, exclaimed: “O dear! what sad destruction threatens us now!” Another Frog asked him why he said that, seeing that the Bulls were only fighting for the first place in the herd, and that they lived quite remote from the Frogs. “Ah,” said the first, “it is true that our positions are wide apart, and we are different kinds of things, but still, the Bull who will be driven from the rule of the pasture will come to lie in hiding in the marsh, and crush us to death under his hard hoofs, so that their raging really does closely concern the lives of you and me.”

Frogs and Bull C3

Design: Randolph Caldecott, Engraving: J.D. Cooper, 1883

Frogs and Bull C4

Design: Randolph Caldecott, Engraving: J.D. Cooper, 1883

1001Ranae et Taurorum Proelia

Rana, e palude pugnam taurorum intuens, “Heu,” ait, “quanta nobis instat pernicies!” Interrogata ab alia cur hoc diceret, cum boves de gregis principatu certarent longeque ab ipsis degerent vitam, “Sit statio separata,” inquit, “ac diversum genus, qui expulsus nemoris regno profugerit, in secreta paludis latibula veniet et proculcatas pede duro obteret. Ita furor illorum caput ad nostrum pertinet.”


Humiles laborant ubi potentes dissident.

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