In a story I'm writing, it tells of two animals fighting, an eagle and a hawk. I'm referring to these two as "it", for example: "The hawk was faster and more agile than the eagle. Its talons locked around the eagle, sending the latter sprawling." In the sentence above, I also used "the latter" as a pronoun.. I'm wondering how I can distinguish between the two "its" without: a) referring to the subject in question before hand (in the sentence above, I had to refer to the hawk before I could use "its") every time I want to use a pronoun b) repetition of pronouns (it won't sound too elegant if I keep using "its" in the entire paragraph, won't it?) c) gender-labeling each subject - what if they're genderless? Then what? I don't want to depend on that to use he/she as a pronoun.. Thanks!