At first when we sighted the coatimundi,
near the crest of a hill, straight off the highway,
before the final ascent, the Mercedes Benz bus passengers,
stirred joyously, an unanticipated
tropical American carnivore,
first elated then we became awed silently still.
Our vehicle slowed off the path, we clicked away,
our guide softly whispered, "Don't feed them,
they're indigenous, not tame you know!."
Two unfettered near raccoon lookalike, a Costa Rican show,
they scampered instinctively, ignoring our presence,
then into the foliage, our voyage interrupted,
we continued forward eagerly exchanged converstaions,
proceeding carefully, distances to go.
Some kilometers ahead, a clearing viewed,
locales, parked in a row, a sunday picnic,
feeding bevies of these wondrous creatures,
"They should know better,"
"Animal beggary exposed, they should know!"
Leave nature alone, zoos at home,
wild creatures need room and forests,
to hunt, forage and roam...
30th January 2003
Author: Roy Schoenberg - Bay Shore, New York.