Snips and Snails
by Elizabeth McCoy
Haatha Chaas'-Eighth is an Mmsar poet, content to live alone though his brothers all have families of their own. Unfortunately, someone left a clutch of eggs in his back yard, and now he's got to deal with hatchling Mmsar, which are no better than vermin at that age. But one hatchling, despite its lack of sapience, has an intriguing cunning...
(Contains possibly-disturbing alien family patterns.)