Cuddly Black And Whites – A Riddle

 

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It is day but just as well it’s night

which means it’s dark as well as light.

It doesn’t climb but stays on ground

in all Americas it can be found.

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It is a mammal and a loving one

Mom protects her kids until they’re gone.

Dad doesn’t care, but Mom will be

until baby is ready for family.

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In winter when cold, it goes to sleep

but does not do it very deep.

It wakes up and feeds then goes back

where its sisters sleep in a dozen pack.

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It’s omnivore, means it does eat all

hunting, killing, tear and maul.

It feeds on plants, insects, meat ‘n egg

it shows no mercy, don’t cry and beg.

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They’re alone whenever they don’t breed

they can run with quite surprising speed.

And even though they’re black and white

they aren’t Zebra’s that is right.

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The Great Horned Owl is on the hunt

and catches our mammal pretty blunt.

Wolves, foxes, badgers they stay away

scared of it’s weapon, a bad spray!

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Our little buddy, and there is no wink

can defend himself and badly stink!

Cute and cuddly, a black and white hunk

I’m sure, you guessed: It is the skunk!

 

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(Copyright Aurora Jean Alexander, September 2017)

 

 

 

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Dangerous Shadow – A Riddle

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He is strong and he is fast

when he strikes, no prey to last.

He hunts in darkness quite with ease

not on the ground but also in trees

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When he’s hungry, in greatest shape

he kills the monkey and the ape.

On the ground he hunts boar and deer

birds and reptiles live in fear.

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He’s fast as lighting and still is proud

a soft footed hunter who’s never loud.

He lives alone most of his life

two of them end up in strife.

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He’s beautiful but very rare

he’s shy and carries unique hair.

His fur was coveted long ago

he’s almost gone from what we know.

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He can get three feet without the tail

to watch and hunt him ends in fail.

His teeth and claws do make him climb

and hide in trees for quite some time.

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Strong he is, blends in and linked

soon enough he’ll be extinct.

He has been hunted, hauled and stalled…

Clouded leopard is he called.

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(Copyright, Aurora Jean Alexander, June 2017)

 

Picture courtesy of: Charles Barilleaux from Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America – Wet Behind the Ears, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27166299

An Elegant Gentleman – A Riddle

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He’s an elegant fella, with a great fashion sense,

he wears timeless colors with pride, never tense.

White is his shirt, and there on his back

he carries a tailcoat in shiniest black.

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Let’s have a look at his elegant wife

they love each other despite their hard life.

They live in a world with no roads and no street

The lady gives life to her brood on her feet.

 

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Their world is so cold, where air freezes breath

everyone going will inevitably meet death.

And still, they found a way to survive

give birth and feed, walk, slide, swim and dive.

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Their existence is hard and is constant danger

and to us it couldn’t be any stranger.

But to them, it’s normal, to walk, slide and try

to survive by swimming because they can’t fly.

 

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Six different ones are living on ice

the same hard life in misery, not nice.

And still our fella is happy in his elegant dress

He’s a penguin – right. Did you guess?

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(Copyright Aurora Jean Alexander, May 2017)

 

 

Cute Gray Toy – A Riddle

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Cute and cuddly, with big tufts of hair

they are unique and they are rare.

Nocturnal animals they love to sleep

during the day, without a cheep.

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When night has come they go and hunt

But their prey don’t scream nor die nor grunt.

Once their hunting time is gone

They move back to sleep, their work is done.

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There in the trees they do need time

to relax, to digest or just to climb.

They communicate with lots of sound

A grunt, a bellow, when they’re up or on the ground.

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Their babies are born, no legs no fur

unable to see, to hear or to churr.

They finish development close to their Mom

very well hidden, where it’s cozy and calm.

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They are unique, their food and their way

it is upon us to make them stay.

If we don’t watch out and keep us linked

These poor little fellows will soon be extinct.

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They are cute, but are in grave danger

their habitat shrinks, and so does their manger.

Lots of them are killed by us,

by dogs, by cars or sometimes bus.

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We limit them in freedom in food and in life

it’s upon us to not make this a strife.

Keep this cute buddy with the tufts and gray hair

Of course I talk about the Koala Bear.

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(Copyright Aurora Jean Alexander, February 2017)


 

Family Bonds – A Riddle

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There is a bond of blood holding on to them

That forms this group just from the stem.

The parents usually are the center

No “in between” and no chance to enter.

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The kids are completing the group around

Together with partners they have found.

Teenagers leave after a while

Form their own group. just this style.

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They play, they sleep, they hunt and kill

Everyone adds his own skill.

They protect their kin, as it should be

Living in any family!

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No matter how fun this might all sound

Wherever they are and can be found.

To their blood bond you are a stranger

And on their ground to you they’re danger!

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They’ve been on this Earth are spirit guides

Revered, respected on many sides.

Nature agrees with them and goes hand in hand

Through sunlight and through shadow land.

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Anchestor’s know he was here before

Then he was killed for fun, fur and more.

Now he returns, no need to reap

We need to watch and need to keep.

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A bond he forms to our spirit soul

Helps us and nature become whole.

He’s not evil, he’s not bad!

No reason to shoot or just go mad.

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Protect his wisdom, protect his kind

Don’t close your eyes and just go blind.

Don’t slaughter, keep from killing, don’t engulf

Our spirit, the wilderness’ Great Grey Wolf!

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(Copyright Aurora Jean Alexander, August 2016)

Soft-Footed Death – A Riddle


They’re huge, they’re lethal and they do take my breath,

Their features, their nature, their instincts bring death.

In their natural habitats they are the king

Get out of their way or your life ends with a sting.

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Their disguise is perfect, never feel safe

Stay inside, you can’t see them, don’t be too brave.

No matter how closely you listen around

They could lurk behind you without slightest sound.

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No matter how fluffy and cuddly they seem

Petting and touching them can’t be but a dream.

Don’t try to outrun them, they’re faster than you

Don’t try to climb from them they can do that too!

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Even water won’t save you, once you’re on the run

Swimming and splashing to them is much fun!

Once you’re prey to them, you’re most likely lost

Start praying, they’ll get you, at no matter what cost.

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Beauty in gold, in black and in white

Gorgeous in disguise and lethal their bite.

Death on four paws with golden-green eyes

To stay out of their way is smart and is wise.

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And still this predator is nearly extinct

Fear and pure ignorance has killed them succinct…

It’s time we protect them, make room for their stay

And stop their endless, cruel and unnatural slay!

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We will lose a hunter, dangerous and unique

I’ll reveal him, deprive him of his mystique.

His numbers are low, getting visibly tighter

Of course I talk about the incomparable TIGER.

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(Copyright, Aurora Jean Alexander, August 2016)