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Animal Children The Friends of the Forest and the Plain

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Sometimes I am so sorry that my papa is a king,It's really most annoying and hurts like everythingTo have the little girls and boys all want to run away,For if I am a Lion prince, I'm a baby, anyway!


Some jungle boys, by mischief made quite bold,Once took the baby Tiger, so we're told,And in broad stripes they smeared his coat so fine,And 'round his neck they hung a "Fresh Paint" sign.


This monkey thought the Leopard's spotsWere pasted on for polka-dots,He asked her how much it would costNew ones to buy if those were lost.


In her red and white gown Miss Weasel's so pertWe are very afraid she's a gay little flirt;She is fearful of no one—beast, reptile or man,Just winks and cries gaily: "Catch me, if you can."


This dapper young chappy is Dude Ocelot,With coat trimmed in many a dash and a spot;He's graceful and elegant, sly, too, as well,Just what he'll do next no one ever can tell.


The chetah is a great big catBut very quick, for all of that,She's cunning but she's gentle, too,And if you're good she's good to you.


The little Bobcat and Canadian LynxJust must be related (so everyone thinks).Except for their ears they're alike as two pins,And look every whit as if they were twins.


A dainty, fastidious man is Lord OtterWho can live just as well on land as in water,He'll eat but the flakiest part of a fish,And this he considers his favorite dish.


"It really is a bother to be sought by everyone"The vain young Ermine boasted. "Why, it keeps me on the runTo get away from kings and queens and peers and ladies great—It truly gets me all fussed up and in a dreadful state."


Young ferret, detective, said: "I'll show you whereTo track the bold rabbit right into his lair."Then he never saw bunny right under his eyes,But went swaggering off looking wondrously wise.


"Now, Johnnie, my child," said wise Mamma Sable,"When you see a trap run as fast as you're able,Or else, ere you know it, your skin will be goneAs a beautiful fur for some lady to don."


Mother opossum says she'd like to askJust why other mothers should find it a taskTo care for one baby. Why, here she has four,And there's plenty of room on her tail for some more!


Mr. and Mrs. Mongoose are popular as can be,The reason being very plain, as you will all agree,They are cunning and affectionate and clean and very nice,They kill all snakes and insects and naughty rats and mice.


It must be very easy for the busy Beaver motherTo feed the Beaver sister and her little Beaver brother,For when they beg: "We're hungry, give us something to eat, please!"She sends them off to nibble at the bark of the big trees.


The puma is a bandit who'll not meet you face to faceBut waits to spring upon you from some well-hidden place.He'll strike you when your back is turned, but away he's sure to flyIf you should turn to look him right squarely in the eye.


Lemur stays in bed all dayAnd waits until the night to play;That's why his soft feet make no soundAnd why his eyes are big and round.