The Two Goats

The Two Goats

“The Two Goats” or the “The Two Fighting Goats” as it is alternatively called is one of the lesser known Aesop Fables stories and has made it into the hearts of many a child across the world. It is the story of how two goats did not want to negotiate and decided to show their might.

The Two Fighting Goats
The Two Fighting Goats

The story

There was once a forest. A large river cut the forest into two and it ran very deep.

There was a log which connected both the sides of the forest. The log was the only way to cross from one side of the forest to another.

The log was thick enough for only one animal to cross. Even for one animal to cross, the log was very scary.

Two goats, young and strong, stood on either side of the log.

The first goat spoke, “Hullo Goat! BAAH! I was the first to reach here! BAAH! Let me cross first!”

The second goat replied, “Hello! BAAAAAH! No, I was the first to reach here! BAAAAAH! I should be the one to cross first!”

The first goat laughed and stepped on the log. The second goat laughed back and stepped on the log.

The second goat laughed again and moved more on the log. The first goat laughed back and moved more on the log.

Soon they were both in the center of the log. The log could no longer hold the weight of both the goats and they both fell, crashing into the water.

 

Moral of the The Two Goats

The moral of the story “The Two Goats” is that it is better to yield than to come to misfortune through stubbornness

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