Wikipedia Poem, No. 181



Parataxic wolves
The main predators of raccoon dogs
Kill large numbers
In spring and summer
Attacks have been reported in autumn, too.

in tartarstan wolf predators pray
to goshawks and white-tailed eagles

In Tartarstan, wolf predation
Is responsible for more than half
Of raccoon dog deaths.
In northwestern Russia
It accounts for far more.

raccoon dog pups dream
of reportage in autumn too

Red foxes kill raccoon dog pups
And have been known to bite adults
To death. Both foxes and Eurasian badgers
Compete with raccoon dogs for food
And kill them if raccoon dogs enter their burrows.

golden eagles bite spring burrows
predators of predators in autumn

Eurasian lynxes rarely attack due to
Their low numbers. Birds of prey
Golden eagles, white-tailed eagles,
Goshawks and eagle owls take
Raccoon dogs in one fell swoop.

foxes rarely attack due to the volume
of tartarstan wolf prayers golden eagles


Source: “Raccoon dog.” Wikipedia. N.p.: Wikimedia Foundation, 21 Apr. 2016. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

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