31 days: Terrence


Terrence the tapir isn’t too big
he’s not quite an elephant, not quite a pig.
In deep jungle forests he snuffles and hunts
eating a ton of green leafage for lunch.

He’s a night-watch nocturnal –
he eats in the dark,
but here’s his great talent on which to remark:
He walks underwater on riverbeds deep,
munching on weeds and escaping from heat.

And when he’s had plenty of greens to swallow
he’ll roll in a mudbath and happily wallow!

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31 days: Sylvia

seal1aSylvia the large grey seal
is down-in-the-dumps because she feels
the other seals are being mean
because she’s not remotely lean.

Across the stones and beach she wobbles
heaving over the pebbly bobbles
But when she makes it to the water
she can swim just like she oughta.

She knows the others are just jealous
for learning to fish they aren’t so zealous
No, she’s been studying carefully
and catches the most to eat for tea.

So that’s the reason, you’ll surmise
that Syvia’s waist is oversized.



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31 days: Robby

Robby is a cheeky chappyrobin1a
perching on his post so happy.
Wears his colours very proudly
singing songs extremely loudly.

He’s been known to be quite rude
fighting other birds for food!
And maybe this you didn’t know:
it’s why he’s happy in the snow.
Never minding when it’s cold
because his attitude’s so bold.





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31 days: Oliver

Oliver the octopus
Oliver the octopus
doesn’t hop like Kanga does
nor sprint along like jaguar
nor trot like Clement wide and far.

His tentacles – let’s count them – eight
have many uses, quite first-rate
wiggling and swishing free
he can travel through the sea.

He can also hide in spaces
very small – the strangest places.
Watch the video below,
see for yourself; I told you so!

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31 days: Norman

Norman the newt

Norman is a noble newt,
and he has a formal suit
that he often likes to wear,
when attending posh affairs.

He was recently just seen
bowing low before the Queen.
But (to all the watchers’ glee),
a great comedic tragedy:
when Norman slipped to his disgrace
and sploshed red wine into her face.

It was a mighty royal disaster
causing crowds a lot of laughter –
but Norman’s now a lot more humble
ever since his royal tumble.

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