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T is for Turtle

Image © US Fisheries and Wildlife, Becky Skiba on Flikr. . There are loggerhead turtles swimming in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans and in the Mediterranean Sea. They spend most of their time in the water – only the females come to land just for the short time it takes to dig a hole …

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R is for Rhinoceros

Image © International Rhino Foundation on Flikr. . All five rhino species still around (Black, White, Indian, Sumatran, Javan) are in extreme peril – from poaching, habitat loss and from humans encroaching on their habitat with settlements. There are only 35 Javan rhino left. What prompted me to write the poem above was seeing a terrible …

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O is for Orangutan

Pregnant orangutan clinging to the last tree in rainforest felled for palm oil    Caters News Agency. . 80% of the rainforest in Sumatra and Borneo, where orangutans live, has been cut down in the last twenty years. In only ten years time, there will be no orangutans left unless something is done very quickly …

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G is for Gorilla

Photo by Christoph Würbel on Flikr. . . . . There are 100,000 western lowland gorillas left in the wild – less than the population of Crawley, West Sussex. There are 17,000 eastern lowland gorillas left in the world – the same population as Ripley, the fourth smallest city in the UK. There are 880 mountain …

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F for Fritillary (F number 2)

Well, I forgot that Sunday was a day off – and put up ‘F’ on Saturday night. So here is ‘F’ number 2 – Fritillary, an exquisite butterfly. . This beautiful photograph of a Gulf fritillary is by Ralph Daily on Flikr. . Fritillaries . Fritillaries, fritillaries, have butterfly fragilities, they flit and flutter by …

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U is for Unexpected Cotton Rat

. The Unexpected Cotton Rat Lament . I am a cotton rat, and like a common rat I am yellow-toothed and fat – my good points are neglected, when crops are nibbled I’m suspected, it’s no joke the persecution to which we’re all subjected, there’s not a lot that’s unexpected about that. . I am …

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L is for Lion

. Mountain Lion . Not the thing but a way of saying it how a cat moves . like oil smoothed . golden treacle stretching down the tin . small, fastidious waves lapping . the first dark splashes of rain on pebbles . the slow wind of water from a tap . light flickering through …

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k is for Komodo Dragon

Komodo . Komodo dragons live on a few Indonesian Islands, including the one that gives them their name. They are extremely large, aggressive lizards, growing up to 10 feet long. New research suggests that contrary to former opinion, that they grew so large because there was no competition on their isolated islands, they are actually …

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J is for Javan Rhinoceros

Javan Rhino Some time ago I was Googling and was horrified by a photograph I saw of a rhinoceros with its horn hacked off – its face a gaping wound, it stood, a dejected, beaten animal. It had to be put down. I just have not been able to put the image out of my …

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B is for Butterfly

The monarch butterfly to be precise. Monarch butterflies form part of the largest migration of any animal – an up to 3,200 mile journey from the cool mountain forests of Mexico, where they spend winter protected from the extreme cold by clustering together in millions on oyamel fir trees, to North America and Canada. In …

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