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she limps back to her den
all eleven pounds
snuggles down in the dark earth
still bleeding from the lions
mauled when she walked into the pride
by accident

she fights back of course
she always does
six against two
though if one uses weight
it would take about 17 of her
to be one of them

she licks at the wound
on her belly

that was close

the baby is due in another
few weeks
so she's a slower fighter than usual

she wonders if she'll lose it

if she does

life goes on

female lion weight: average 280 pounds
female honey badger: 11-22 pounds

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