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The Porcupine's Quill:  A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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Porcupine's Quill
July 7, 2019


News Item:  A little Arctic fox with a radio collar was tracked from Swalbard, a
Norwegian island in the Arctic, all the way across to Canada, an epic 3500 km
journey in an amazing 76  days -- a phenomenal pace averaging 45 km per day,
although sometimes she excelled herself covering 155 km.   


How did you do it?

Oh, I just kept going.

Just like that ...

Yep!  My nose points me towards the food and I follow.

Anything else?

I enjoyed it and I haven't stopped.

We don't know about it because the transmitter battery wore out.  You are an
amazing fox.

You sound just like your president but thanks.  Seems if I was like the transmitter I
wouldn't be talking to you.

Why did you go west?

Haven't you heard the old saying, "Go west, young man."  Well, I believe in it.


Of course, and another thing.'

What's that?

That way, the morning sun is not in your eyes.

But doesn't the Arctic have sun forever in the summer.

Just testing ...

You are a clever fox.  What did you eat?

Not your president's cheeseburger for sure.  I have to catch my food.  That is why my
path is a zigzag.  You know voles and birds and whatever comes by.

Well, good luck on your travels.

Thanks!  If I chance upon a real big meal; you know a reindeer carcass or something
I might rest a while ...