Two caracal kittens up to their shoulders
in cold flood water
fur matching muddy water,
running back and forth,
panicked for high ground that was not there.
Mona crying, she could not feel her feet,
after rescuing tiger cubs.
Fences down, grown lions speculating.
Five lion cubs enjoying their new swimming pool:
five little brown bears,
coated in mud.
In the night,
we shine like neon
to the dark-adapted eyes
of one hundred predators.
Photo: After the Storm - Boskoppie Lion Park, Kroonstad, South Africa _ Helen Patrice