There was a village on the outskirts of a forest. A young shepherd used to take his herd of sheep across the fields to the lawns near the forest. Every day he sat under a large tree while his flock of sheep grazed on the meadow’s grass. His time hardly passed. The shepherd boy felt bored and wanted some fun and excitement in his life.
His Master had told him to call for help should a Wolf attack the flock, and the Villagers would drive it away. So, to get some fun, one day he gave a loud shout! “Wolf, wolf. The wolf is taking my sheep”. The villagers working in the nearby fields heard the boy’s cry and came running for help.
“Where is the wolf?” asked the farmers, ready to change the mighty beast. The villagers saw a large flock of sheep was grazing quietly, but there was no sign of a wolf.
The shepherd boy began to laugh in amusement and told the villagers that it was a big joke. The villagers were angry and scolded him for raising a false alarm. The villagers warned the shepherd boy not to repeat this mistake. The boy laughed and replied, “It is so fun to see you running.”
But, the boy did not take the villager’s warning seriously. The boy played the same trick several times for the next few days. The farmers came rushing to help the boy again, but they were all fooled by the boy again and again.
After a few days, the boy was sitting on a tree and looking after his sheep. Suddenly he spotted a wolf approaching one of his lambs. The boy panicked and cried loudly, “Wolf, Wolf, The wolf is carrying a lamb away.”
But this time, non of the farmers came to help him. The boy shouted more loudly, “Help! Wolf!”. Still, no one came to help him chase the wolf. Although the Villagers heard the boy’s cry, they did not run to help him as they had before. “It is the same boy who cried wolf last time; he cannot fool us again,” they said. The villagers thought that the boy was up to his old tricks.
With no help to the boy from the villagers, the wolf carried a lamb away. The boy was unfortunate to lose his lamb.