The door ajar.
Feral peril runs amok
Plundering the local stock.
Can we save
© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014
Species profile: Cuban solenodon
IUCN Red List Category: Endangered
The Cuban solenodon or almiqui is a small insectivorous mammal that superficially resembles a shrew on steroids. In fact, solenodons diverged from all other mammal species an incredible 76 million years ago. This is one of only two solenodon species left on the planet. Solenodons are the only mammals known to subdue their prey using toxic saliva. Formerly among the dominant native predators in the West Indies, they are now threatened with extinction as a result of falling prey to introduced predators such as mongooses, dogs and feral cats.
The nene would be history
Were it not for Peter Scott.
Its goose looked cooked
Until he plucked a handful
From Hawaii to a safer spot.
But here’s the biggest mystery:
“Welcome to Hawaii,
Have you met
© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014.