Seen through the visitors’ viewing
window in a zoo far from their
native Africa two very young
aardvarks snuggled side by side
in a deep bed of fresh straw
their eyes closed as they slept
in comfort and deep contentment.
Trotting around them, over them,
their fellow countrymen,
small furry meerkats draped
themselves over the aardvarks
to sleep as their furry rugs
with the aardvarks as
cosy hot water bottles.
Wonderful interspecies co-operation.