Skip to main content

Meet and Greet

 
You've heard of Dogs and Cats.
Of Sheep, you are aware.
But have you heard of these,
Which are a bit more rare?

Some are wild looking,
Others will intrigue.
But compared to common animals,
They're in a different league!

Some of these poor critters
Are losing habitat.
While you are reading this,
Please remember that!

Earth is not just ours,
With others we do share.
Unique plants and animals,
For them we must care.

Let's dive into our list.
I hope you'll find it fun!
You can read more on your own
After we are done!

There's a shy sea creature
Known as an Axolotl.
It has long and fuzzy gills
With skin that's sometimes mottled.

They live in Mexico,
In canals and lakes they swim.
Amazingly they can
Regrow a lost limb!

The Aztecs knew of them
When they existed in the thousands.
There's only a few left,
So their homes we must defend.

Have you seen the Harpy Eagle?
The coolest looking bird?
They do not make much noise,
But croak and mew if heard.

They can weigh twenty pounds!
With wings six feet when spread!
They have these distinct feathers
That look like crowns upon their head.

Their claws are longer than a bear's,
Are you not impressed?
Only in the biggest trees
Will you find their nests.

Their nests are so enormous
You'll be shocked at this result-
That the Harpy's home can fit
A grown human adult!

From South and Central America
They live in rainforests.
We must protect the Amazon
To visit as tourists!

You may have heard of Rodents
Like Squirrels, Mice and Rats.
But the giant Capybara
Gets bigger than that!

The largest Rodent in the world,
It eats water plants and grass.
I bet it has to eat a lot
To support its mass!

Their noses, eyes and ears
Are as high as they can be.
They spend lots of time in water-
This lets them breath and hear and see.

They live in quite large groups,
As big as ten or twenty.
And being very social,
Their vocal range is plenty.

They have their own language
With many different sounds.
And each group has their differences
Scientists have found!

Birds descend from Dinosaurs.
Is this something you knew?
It can be hard to picture,
Looking at crows or a curlew.

But look at the Cassowary
And you will agree
This can be an easy link
You can clearly see.

Flightless birds from Australia,
They're over six feet tall.
The heaviest bird Down Under,
A deep rumbling is their call.

Their tones are low in frequency,
Starting in their neck and chest.
Then the sound is strengthened through
Their casque-it's like a crest.

But what's most like a Dinosaur
Are the talons on their feet.
They are used for self defense-
I'd make a fast retreat!

This incredibly cool creature,
This beautiful, strange bird
Is another animal on our list
That's sadly endangered.

Their role is so important-
They help plants populate.
Without the Cassowary,
Forest size would be less great.

Let's finish with a scaly friend,
This is the Pangolin.
It's the only mammal in the world
To have it's unique skin!

It's covered all in keratin 
In the form of unique scales.
Keratin is the same stuff
That makes up all your nails!

Found in Africa and Asia,
Some spend their time in trees.
Others bury in the ground,
But all can barely see.

Sense of smell and sound is strong-
They hunt ants and termites.
They are all nocturnal too
Which means they hunt at night.

When they're scared, they curl right up
Into a tight, hard ball.
Lions and other predators?
Their scales protect from all!

These amazing Pangolins
Are sadly under threat.
They might one day disappear,
But they are not gone yet!

There's so much unique life here,
Many to learn about.
In all four corners of the Earth,
We'll find more!  No doubt!

But it's our duty to make sure
That they stay safe and sound.
That their homes are preserved-
The sea, the trees and ground.

Once they're gone they can't come back.
We must appreciate
The diversity that our world has
Before it is too late.

We are not so powerless-
We can all unite
To stand for those who cannot speak
And fight for what is right!

PAPERBACK KINDLE

Popular posts from this blog

From "Were" I Stand

  My brow is furrowed, my lips are pursed. What's troubling me?  I am cursed. It's been this way for quite some time. Will it last my whole lifetime? Every time the moon is full, I feel the change, I feel the pull. Slowly I start to transform- It has become my dreaded norm. My teeth grow sharp, my hair grows long. The urge to howl becomes strong. Eventually I'm on all fours, My claws click-clacking on the floor. My hearing becomes more acute. I engage in late, midnight pursuits. My eyes begin to glow bright red, Within my newly furry head. I twitch and shake my brand new tail. I start to growl and start to wail. I feel the need to go outside And let the moonlight be my guide. I slink behind a group of trees, Scent of trick-or-treaters on the breeze. I see them and I start to stalk My targets down the busy block. Behind them I discreetly creep Until they're alone-and then I leap! Biting the air, I snarl and growl- But laughter is all I hear them howl. Cracking up, they g

Eye of the Beholder

  We love animals that are so cute, Like a Puppy, Cat or Bunny. But there are cool creatures we ignore Because they look quite funny. Let's take a look at some of them Cause they deserve attention. You'll find them very interesting And way beyond convention. First is the small Star Nosed Mole With a strange shape on her face. But she's fastest of hunters, No one can beat her pace! Her strange pink nose gives her an edge, Though her eyes can barely see. She can find food and eat it up Before you can count to three! She swims with water proof fur, Digging claws?  As oars they double! She can smell underwater too Through the use of bubbles! Next is a creature that you'll love, Though they look quite strange. But once you learn their special skill Your opinion will change! Aye Ayes look shocked, with big eyes, Hair looks electrified. But when in trees, looking for food, They know just what's inside! One finger, long and thin, Taps quickly on the trees. It makes bugs mov

Come Together

The little Fox looked rather bored, So Mom said, "Go and play!" She didn't like him sitting there And moping the whole day. "If you use imagination You'll find something to do. Go create your own fun game, Or build something brand new!" Mom encouraged little Kit, "Now you go outside." So little Pup left their house With a heavy sigh. He looked around maybe to find A fun activity. He promised Mom he would use His creativity. He found some twigs and some leaves- "I'll make a cool canoe! I'll be the Captain of this boat And its made up crew!" He worked hard to build the craft, And since he was the boss, He made himself a Captain's hat Out of bark and moss. He launched his ship into water, Was pleased that it did float. He sailed toward land across the lake In his little boat. But right before he did land Sharp rocks on the shore's bank Made a hole in his canoe And it quickly sank. He climbed onto the sandy beach With no trees