ONE HUMP OR TWO?
There are things not to ask when you go to the Zoo
Like how many animals, hundreds or few?
Like do you have tigers and lions that eat people?
And do your giraffes have to live in a steeple?
Do people-like monkeys swing through the trees
Do they all live in cages or out in the breeze.?
When you go to the Zoo they give you a guide
That tells how to find the ones that will hide
The cleverest creatures will give you the slip
Or if you’re too close they may give you a nip.
You have to walk slowly and take your time
Banging their cages is really a crime.
There are wild things all sizes and colours and hues
Creatures who only can live in our Zoos.
They’re from hot and cold climates all over the world
They have tails that are crooked, fluffy or curled.
My favourites of all are g’rillas and camels
‘Cos both of them are really big mammals.
Of everything mammal I’m most fond of the camel
They don’t seem to find that the hump is a trammel
Some camels have one hump and others have two
You’ll often find both of them guests in your Zoo.
Because they’re so tall they see over the wall
And into their neighbour’s adjacent stall.
But let’s talk of the camel whose top parts are hairy
The single-hump two-toed hoofed dromedary.
He has long legs and fat lips and looks very snouty
More snooty and haughty than modest and pouty
His hump is really a storeroom for fat
Which he turns into water – now how about that?
He’s adapted for desert and struts overland
That’s why he’s called a ship of the sand
Two rows of long lashes flutter over his eyes
And a third clear eyelid protects them from flies
There’s a real clever trick for when sand is blowing
He can close his nostrils to keep himself going.
He’s been used as a taxi, a car and a train
As a beast of burden, in sandstorm or rain ,
He donates to nature – this noble beast
Skin and wool to wear, milk and meat to feast.
He’s the Arabian camel, that handsome beast
Native North African, and Middle of East.
Now listen to this – I don’t want to faze ya
The Bactrian camels from central Asia –
They have two bumps – they’ve a double hump
But these camels have never been known to grump.
They’re sociable, useful, tidy, and witty
But occasionally also known to be spitty.
When two camels meet, in desert or street
They hasten to make their formal ‘greet’
With an eye on each other the greeting may go
Slow, while in their faces they blow.
After all this brotherly sharing of breath
They decide to be friends from now unto death.
Now hear a few facts ‘bout our humpy new friends
Pregnancy lasts fourteen months before’t ends
Mother births one, but occasionally twins,
At two weeks of age, or during the third
Mother and baby return to the herd.
At seven our camels are ready to mate
They’re all grown up and at the right weight
They’ll size up their chance at the local dance
And off with their partners, a new life they’ll chance.
Sadly for us at ten years and seven
They’re usually called from duty to heaven.