Acupuncture After The Apocalypse

Animals. That’s Always Safe

But maybe you’d rather hear about the coyote pack. Let’s talk about animals. That’s always safe.

They’re very cute, those coyotes—fluffy, well-fed, and playful. They appear to have a den on the property next door. A brush pile over there backs up along some shrubs near a fence. There are a lot of tracks around that area. When I’m on the third floor, I can see that direction from the north windows. That’s where the coyotes sleep, at least some nights.

I must ask Dr. Cohen if he knows anything about the life cycle of coyotes, and when they have their young. He’s no naturalist, but surely he studied biology in college. He must have studied the science of life, since he became a physician. But maybe they only got as far as the cells. You know scientists—they love the micro, but they’re simple to stump with macro questions about how life really works.

Jill Riddell is a writer in Chicago. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute and has a weakness for nature, magic, and pennies abandoned in sidewalk cracks.