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Wolves in white labels

Once upon a time there was a kind-hearted but impress-ionable landowner. His estate comprised of a wild wood and a beautiful meadow.

In the wild wood lived a pack of ravenous wolves and in the meadow there was a flock of sheep who enjoyed their happy days in the warm summer sun.

Between the wild wood and the meadow was a strong fence which kept the wolves and the sheep apart. The landowner was quite happy for the people from the local village to play in the wild wood or the meadow.

There was an entrance gate for both with a clear sign over the entrance to the wild wood saying “Wolves” and a sign over the entrance to the meadow saying “Sheep”. For many years, the villagers visitedthe wild wood or the meadow as suited their fancy.

Then one day two men from the village called Mr Dunbar and Mr Pearl called on the landowner.

They spent all their time with the wolves and told him that the current situation for entering the woods and meadow was unfair. The landowner should cut a hole in the fence to allow the wolves to pass into the meadow should they so wish.

The landowner was worried about this as the wolves might cause some disturbance to his sheep. Mr Dunbar and Mr Pearl assured the landowner this would not be case.

The wolves could still be clearly identified as wolvesand they would not bother the sheep at all. They would even put on a “white label” which would make things very clear.

The landlord accepted their assurances and thought, perhaps it is a bit unfair to keep the wolves in the wild wood. So he decided to cut a very small hole in the fence before going to bed that night.

The following morning the landowner awoke early and opened his curtains. He looked across into the meadow with horror. Grabbing his shotgun, he ran as fast as he could into the field.

Several sheep were already dead and many were badly injured. Others were running around in circles, shocked and bewildered.

The landowner raised his gun to try and shoot what was causing this carnage. But the wolves had disguised their white labels as sheep&#39s clothing. He could not shoot the sheep which were really wolves as he could not see the difference between them.

Soon all the sheep were dead and the wolves went back through the fence into the wild wood and were very pleased with what they done.

The landowner went back to his house and sobbed for the loss of his sheep. Why had he been so stupid as to listen to just two men instead of keeping what was so good? Alas, he could now do nothing about it.

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