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On the Alert

You’ll find her in woodland
Rooting for worms
With talons as sharp as her nose -
A sociable animal, sharing her sett,
In her striking black and white clothes.

​She’s quiet and private,
A wraith in the night,
A native of these ancient lands.
She features in folklore and old Gaelic myths
Yet she’s suffered so much at our hands:

​She’s been baited and hunted
And tortured to death.
Her coat makes a most useful sporran.
Now they say she’s the cause of the spread of TB.
Our treatment of her is abhorrent.

On the Alert
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