Some Unfortunate Boars

There once were some pigs north of Java, Whose warts needed a balaclava. Whilst a new study found, That their numbers were down; Endangered without a palaver.     This is a Limerick, based on recent research done by scientists at the VHL University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, who carried out the first … Read more

Going North for the Winter

I feel the powder beneath my feet; A sickening howl to the south, But I know that I am safe And so I dance with joy. Until my heart stops, As I see that I have run Out of Snow This is a nonet, inspired by research done at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which found that … Read more

We Pray That We Will Find Silence

At the bottom of the ocean, In a mariner’s trench so deep That Hillary could have climbed it, We pray that we will find silence.   So carefully we tap the phones, A titanium-encased bug That we place in the ocean’s heart So that we can find its stillness.   Yet even here, beneath the … Read more

These Flying Beasts Are Hooked on Junk

The white storks glide across the sky, Migrating south in times gone by; But now like Burroughs in his funk, These flying beasts are hooked on junk.   Whilst landfill sites our eyes detest, To these bleached birds they are a nest; A place that they can rear their young, Amongst the piles of human … Read more

Rough in Love

The African fruit fly is rough in love, The male uses his organ like a sword; Its rough edges will cut as it does shove Into the partner he chooses to board. Some females have evolved a way to skirt These unromantic gestures from their kin; By cross-dressing as males they can avert The injuries … Read more

Flowers for Mosquitos

The Asian tiger mosquito’s a pest, It’s a vector of death-causing disease; In urban locations it makes its nest, And whilst the sun is up it flies and feeds. It started out in Southeast Asian climes, But shipping has caused it to spread its wings; Now in America it plots its crimes, As yellow fever … Read more

A Fish Will Not Find Home Before It Dies

Ocean acidity is on the rise, With many repercussions such as that A fish will not find home before it dies.   The new pH makes fish act in surprise, Prevents them hearing a new habitat; Ocean acidity is on the rise.   New slower swimming speeds mean their demise, Their brain pathways arrange in … Read more

Forever Blowing Bubbles

With drips and bursts and streams from their blowholes Beluga whales blow bubbles in the sea; The air encases liquid as it roles Languidly from their choice of cavity, And even though the whales seem quite carefree The different bubble types reflect their mood, With drips and mouth rings playful as can be; When shocked … Read more

Rhythm is Not Just Man’s Conquest

Rhythm is in the heart of man, We play with it from when we’re young; It lays down roots and helps us plan, Bunga bung bung, bunga bung bung.   Without it we could never speak, And we’d be beasts without a tongue; Reduced to grunts and the odd shriek, Bunga bung bung, bunga bung … Read more

Soon Their Hunger would be Freed

The great tits will work hard to find a mate, Putting their partners needs before their own, And science hoped to quantify this trait, To see if hunger could their love postpone. By giving a unique radio tag Researchers could deny one of them food, As bird feeders were set up with a lag To … Read more

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