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Happy World Animal Day (3 Endangered Animal Limericks)

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

In Honor Of World Animal Day, celebrated annually on October 4th, here are three endangered species limericks: Limerick Odes to the Tasmanian Forester Roo, the Hippopotamus, and the African Wild Ass. (I previously posted my Rhino limerick, which is included in the International Poetry Anthology For Rhino in a Shrinking World.)

Limerick Ode To The Tasmanian Forester Roo
By Madeleine Begun Kane

The Tasmanian Forester Roo
Is endangered. So here’s what to do:
Sign petitions. Give cash.
Host a fund-raising bash,
Else its time on this earth will be through.

Limerick Ode To The Hippopotamus
By Madeleine Begun Kane

When I look at a hippo I wonder:
What’s the size of its herbivore plunder?
At three point five tons,
It clearly outguns
Any crops as it tears them asunder.

Limerick Ode To The African Wild Ass
By Madeleine Begun Kane

The African Wild Ass, alas,
Is at risk. It may soon come to pass
That the last one dies out.
It’s endangered, no doubt.
This horse-cousin may vanish en masse.

UPDATE: February 15 is Hippo Day and Endangered Species Day falls on the third Friday of May.