Hanging Out with Wild Animals

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Copyrighted by Cheryl Batavia.  Please do not reproduce without  prior written permission.

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Opossums…Don’t Cross ’em!

Hey, you!  What’s so funny?
Are you laughing at me?
I’m the American marsupial, see!
Never heard of that? What a pity!

Ever hear of a kangaroo?
I guess that’s also news to you.
I’ll tell you, since you’re being nosey,
A possum’s pouch is pretty cosy;
my babies ride around with me
in comfort and security.

I bet you wish you had a pouch!
You laugh? You’ll soon say,”Ouch!”
Look out, funny girl; if you pick a fight,
we opossums have a nasty bite!

You expect me to play dead? Pooh!
I’m busy, and I’m not scared of you…
I’m busy hunting rattlesnakes tonight
to feed my hearty appetite.

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Great Blue Heron

Blue heron waded out into the lake
and grabbed the biggest fish he could take.
He coughed and gagged and tried like heck
to get that fish down his long, skinny neck…
spit out the fish and exclaimed, “Goodness sake!”

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