There once was a gray wolf and a very clever goat.
The gray wolf was 8 years old.
And yes, he was old. In nature, wolves are usually only between 6 and 8 years old, at most 13 years old. In captivity, for example in a zoo, they can be up to 16 years old.
The goat was afraid when he saw the wolf standing in front of him. "Don't eat me, don't eat me, I am old," he cried to the wolf.
"How old are you?" the wolf asked.
"I am fifteen years old," replied the goat.
Goats are usually between 15 and 18 years old. The oldest goat ever found was 24 years old.
"You are old meat," said the wolf to the goat, "I don't like old meat".
"Well?" said the goat, "I don't taste good, and I am very small. I weigh only thirteen pounds, I will not give enough meat to satisfy a hungry wolf like you".
A hungry wolf can eat up to 20 pounds of meat in one single meal.
The wolf thought and thought for a while, and finally he said, "Okay, I will not eat you. But you have to find me something else I can eat. I've come from far away and I am very hungry. I've been swimming more than five and half miles to get here".
Wolves can swim up to 8 miles in one stretch.
"Have you ever tasted goat milk?" the goat asked.
"I don't drink milk," replied the wolf.
"Grass?" said the goat.
"I'm a predator, carnivorous animal. I eat other animals!" the wolf responded, a little irritated and impatient.
"Okay, I'll soon get a good idea. Just give me some time, maybe half an hour, and I'll find you the best meat you've ever tasted."
"I can run at a top speed of forty-three miles per hour and I can jump sixteen feet at a time. If you try to run away I will catch you and eat you right away, even if you are old meat," the wolf said to the goat.
Goats are very intelligent and curious animals. They explore and investigate everything that is unknown around them. The clever goat began to think and think, and he used in purpose longer and longer time thinking. The gray wolf became more and more tired because of hunger, and finally he fell asleep. And when he woke up half an hour later, the goat was gone.
"Where did the goat go?" the wolf wondered, very confused.
The clever goat jumped four feet up in a tree beside them and hid there.
Some goat species, for example mountain goats, can jump eleven feet long and up to four feet high into the air.
Although wolves can smell other animals from over a mile and a half away, the gray wolf was too tired and too old to smell the clever goat who was hiding up in the tree right beside them.
Eventually, the wolf went his way.