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The pool was strewn with flowers. It was tiled with detailed mosaics depicting endangered wildlife; a blue whale’s tail dominated the bottom of the pool. A rhino, a seal, a panda, an Iberian lynx and a bison rose along the sides in precise pattern. There, at the edge, frogs, lizards and turtles scuttled towards various birds; albatross, egrets, storks and a large condor. The big picture was exquisite.

Hardback lay in all this majesty, listless. His eyes were glazed. Was he drugged or just despairing?

A fountain, in the shape of a thylacine, vomited water from its mouth in the centre of the pool. Nearby, a chilling ice sculpture of a dodo was melting under the lights.

From Last Chance To Eat

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