by Steven Urquhart Bell
A white rhino named Queenie “is the latest in a series of animals at the park to be named after
members of the royal family.”
The precious arrivals are given the names
Of persons of royal distinction.
They’re part of a program of breeding which aims
To counter the threat of extinction.
But too small a gene pool can make itself felt,
If suitable partners are few.
There’s always the risk of compounding a fault—
It happens in animals, too.