There is a dark, or rather a squishy, side to keeping animals, including wolves and their cousins, coyotes. What goes in must come out, as it were, and after the excitement of feeding demonstrations must come the, er, exudate of the cleanup experience.
Wolf Park’s current coyotes, Willow and Twister, exude with the best of them: coyote droppings and pee are notoriously stinky. Thus, their enclosure is cleaned every week by a dedicated crew armed with buckets and tongs. Our beloved coyotes are also known for being extremely agile and energetic — they often bounce around on their hind legs when excited, and they often get excited when people enter their enclosure, with buckets and tongs, to clean.
This combination of events has led to the following bibelot:
The Yote Song
I love coyotes,
Yes I do.
Their pee stinks
And their poo does too.
But they hop like the kangaroo,
And that is why I scoop their poo.
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