One day an ox entered Nasreddin Hodja's garden and did a lot of damage to his vegetables. He grabbed a stick and chased it, but the ox was too fast for him and escaped.

A few days later, he saw a pair of oxen similar to the one he had chased pulling a cart. He immediately attacked the animals with his stick. He was hitting them both indiscriminately when the driver came running and inquired:

"What's the matter, Hodja Effendi? What harm have the poor beasts done to you?"

"Just keep out of this, do you hear?" replied the Hodja. "One of these two knows very well why it's being beaten!"

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