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The Porcupine's Quill:  A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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Porcupine's Quill
April 16, 2017


News Item:  The International Union for the Conservation of Nature announced last
December it had moved the giraffe from a species of Least Concern to Vulnerable
status, just below Endangered, on its Red List of Threatened Species.

Life has become so difficult, it is almost not worth living.  The dry season gets longer
and the waterholes are disappearing.

You can say that again!  I have been coming here for as long as I can remember and
this waterhole always had some moisture.  Maybe we drank plenty of mud with the
water but there was water.  Look at it now!

As I said, the dry season gets longer and the rains in the short wet season are so
severe we have to be wary of the floods.  It's as if someone is purposely doing
something to hurt us ...

If you mean the weather, it's probably humans.

Yes, it's always humans.  They have also cut down the trees and bushes from which
we ate ...

Yes, that they have.

The water is worse.  Look at Mbeke there.  He looks so sad.  His little sister died
yesterday and the hyenas were soon around.  He defended her lifeless body as long
as he could but they won in the end.

Yes, the hyenas and the wild dogs are getting fat.

I don't know how long we can stay alive.

Look!  The clouds have been filling the sky, maybe it'll rain soon ...

It is already.  The first drops of rain.  I can't believe it.  We have survived another dry
season ...

How many more?  How many more?

That is the question.  But let's go drink.  I am so thirsty.