I met a vegan tiger,

his mistress fed him spinach

and said “it’s good for you, and

a few nuts and raisins

will put paid to your blood lust”

He lost his stripes

and then his orange hue,

in quick succession.

“Raw food and green smoothies,

and he’ll have a shiny coat”

was the naturopath’s verdict.

“And he needs a friend.”

So they got him a goat

for company and entertainment.

Three weeks later I met him

fearing the worst,

but miracle of miracles,

he was again a splendid beast,

stripes restored!

“Was it the nuts and raisins?”

I did ask,

“Don’t know about the raisins,

but I ate the two nuts

and the goat” he purred.

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