Big Red and Little Red were two brother oxen who worked on a farm. The farmer’s wife ordered that a pig should be fattened for their daughter’s wedding. Little Red envied the pig when he saw the good food the pig got to eat. He complained to Big Red, “We get only grass and straw whereas the pig eats much better food.” “The pig is being given good food only to be killed,” consoled Big Red. But the young ox was still sad. A few days later, the pig was killed and cooked for the wedding feast. Big Red said to his brother. “Now you see what has happened to the pig? The food he ate was just to fatten him for this day.” Little Red then realised that it was better to eat simple food and live longer than eat delicious food for only a few days.
The Ox Who Envied the Pig