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When Compassion Kills (Caterpillars)

A charming encounter on a camping trip takes an unexpected turn

Photo: Jeff Suwak

Early in the morning I found two vivid green caterpillars coiled into snug spirals clinging to the exterior mesh of my tent door. Punctuation marks in nature’s mysterious narrative.

It was my last day of camping. I had to remove them from my tent or else crush them to…

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