The Pig, Sheep, and The Goat

A Pig lived with a Goat and Sheep. The Master laid hold of him and he resisted. Sheep and Goat complained at the noise. Pig said his life was at stake.

Sometimes complaining is justified.

A Pig was housed with a Goat and Sheep. The master came and laid hold of him, upon which he grunted loudly and resisted violently. The Sheep and Goat complained at the noise upon which the Pig replied, “the master catches you for your wool or milk, but he lays hold of me for my very life.”

Aesop For ChildrenAesop For Children (The Sheep and The Pig)

Sheep and Pig

Milo Winter (1919)

One day a shepherd discovered a fat Pig in the meadow where his Sheep were pastured. He very quickly captured the porker, which squealed at the top of its voice the moment the Shepherd laid his hands on it. You would have thought, to hear the loud squealing, that the Pig was being cruelly hurt. But in spite of its squeals and struggles to escape, the Shepherd tucked his prize under his arm and started off to the butcher’s in the market place.

The Sheep in the pasture were much astonished and amused at the Pig’s behavior, and followed the Shepherd and his charge to the pasture gate.

“What makes you squeal like that?” asked one of the Sheep. “The Shepherd often catches and carries off one of us. But we should feel very much ashamed to make such a terrible fuss about it like you do.”

“That is all very well,” replied the Pig, with a squeal and a frantic kick. “When he catches you he is only after your wool. But he wants my bacon! gree-ee-ee!”


It is easy to be brave when there is no danger.

Townsend VersionTownsend version

A young Pig was shut up in a fold-yard with a Goat and a Sheep. On one occasion when the shepherd laid hold of him, he grunted and squeaked and resisted violently. The Sheep and the Goat complained of his distressing cries, saying, “He often handles us, and we do not cry out.” To this the Pig replied, “Your handling and mine are very different things. He catches you only for your wool, or your milk, but he lays hold on me for my very life.”

1001Oves et Sus

Suculus, in quemdam ovium gregem ingressus, cum iis una pascebatur. Olim vero a pastore prehensus, grunnitus magnos edebat atque effugere omni vi nitebatur. Eum itaque oves ob tot tantosque clamores increpare coeperunt, aientes, “Nos quoque continuo pastor manu prehendit, nec tamen ita clamamus.” Quibus tum suculus “Non vestrae similis,” ait, “captura mea est. Vos enim aut propter lanam aut propter agnos, me vero ob carnem tantummodo capit.”

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