This story is Peter Bull from
THE PINK FAIRY BOOK Edited by Andrew Lang
This is a story of an old farming couple who don’t have any children but do have money. They decide to adopt a beautiful calf as their son and pay a clerk to teach it to speak. Well, he takes their money, kills the calf, and tells them it ran off. They are sad. He hears of a man named Peter Bull in another town, tells them that this is the calf, and they go see him. Peter Bull decides that he likes them as parents and they all live happily ever after, except the calf.
This fairy tale is Rated PG. The clerk kills the calf and gets to keep the money! Geeze! At least it all turns out well for the nice but dumb couple.
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