The Goatherd And The Wild Goats
A goatherd, driving his animals from their pasture to sunset, found that some wild goats had mingled with them. He shut up together with his own goats for the night.
In the morning it snowed very hard. He could not take the herd from the fold to their usual feeding-place. He gave his goats just enough food to keep them alive but fed the strangers handsomely, in the hope of enticing them to stay with his flock.
When the thaw set in he led them all out to feed and the wild goats scampered away as fast as they could to the mountains. The goatherd accused them of being very ungrateful for leaving him, when during the blizzard he had taken more care of them than he had of his own goats.
One of the wild goats turned out and called back: ‘That is the very reason why we are leaving you. As you treated us better than the goats you have hand so long, it is clear that if others came after us, you would prefer them to ourselves.’
“It is foolish to give up old friends in the hope of winning new ones.”