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Excerpt, Essay 10, Wild Kingdom

(An essay about many things, including squirrels.)

“You got a pet elephant?” asked the lady behind me at Costco as I piled five giant bags of unsalted peanuts in the shell on the checkout counter. It was my second trip to Costco that month. “Squirrels,” I replied, embarrassed. “No, not squirrels, please,” she said, rolling her eyes. Yes, squirrels, but not as I had intended.

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