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two babies bitten
in their London homes

a woman gnawed by a fox 
as she slept

dog fox and vixen
                slink between old car seats
                           and rubbish bags

wild boars roam
Berlin streets

people feed them
pat them
and are gored

men in suits speculate
-  is this a new trend

or just the old ways
coming home?

councils deny responsibility
for Reynard and the pig

and the beasts point their snouts
at the legends
                          we’ve forgotten

The science inspiring the piece:

'Urban beasts: how wild animals have moved into cities' via The Guardian

Listen to Duncan read the poem:

Feature image: Theodorus van Hoytema (Dutch, The Hague 1863–1917) via The Metropolitan Museum