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“…they have torn the living rabbit into pieces and within seconds they have devoured the still-pulsing flesh, the spine of the rabbit has been shredded, and devoured, and the small knobby skull shattered like clay, the spongy rabbit-brains sucked and swallowed and each hair of the rabbit’s soft dark hide, each drop of the rabbit’s meek blood, of the creature piteous and desperate to live but a few seconds previously not trace remains – not a trace in the snow-stubbled field behind the darkened houses in which human inhabitants sleep in ignorance of the terror of torn-apart flesh as of the joy of the predators’ bodies and now truly they are ravenous.”

– Joyce Carol Oates, “Spotted Hyenas: A Romance,” Black Dahlia and White Rose


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