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The Porcupine's Quill:  A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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Porcupine's Quill
October 27, 2019

CHIRU CHASTISEMENT

News Item:  Science Magazine (October 11, 2019) reports the chiru or Tibetan
antelope, once recovering, is now again under threat.

I don't know what to say about humans ...

Crazy perhaps?

More like crazy as a fox.

More like they've foxed themselves.

They've outwitted themselves for sure.

You mean messing up the environment.

Yes, I so wish they were gentle.

You mean like us.

It would help.

Indeed it would.

Yes, gentleness charms.

Not enough though.  Who is going to help us?

You mean the warming, melting so much more ice and bursting the earth dam where
we collect.

That's one thing.  But they are everywhere.

That, too, is right.  I am afraid of the construction and the roads they are building.

Yes those smoke belching monsters come down the roads and run over animals.

We will just have to be more careful.

And what about the humans they bring.  They like to eat us and steal our coats.

That's humans for you.  Remember, when they are looking away from you ... a little
chastisement on the backside might be in order.

You mean ...

That's what your long horns are for my boy ...