The rarest of animals

The Upside Down Bird, you may well have heard, is a very unusual
creature.
Apart from the obvious (look at its name), it has other distinguishing
features.
It feeds on small rodents that skip through the sky -
A bit of a problem as it cannot fly.
It lives only in countries that start with a Q.
For a bird that can’t read that’s a hard thing to do.
And what’s more, that country must end in a Z.
Since the downfall of Quz,
The Upside Down Bird is now dead.

The Inside Out Hare, you may be aware, is a very peculiar mammal.
It’s not very hairy, but yucky and scary, with a hump on its back like
a camel.
To mate with the female, it awaits her shrill call -
Not good as the female has no voice at all.
It lives only in packs of a hundred and one.
For a hare that can’t count, that’s not easily done.
And what’s more, when it sees green it eats its own head.
Since it lives in the forest,
The Inside Out Hare is now dead.

The Back to Front Trout, you may have worked out, is a one of a kind
sort of fish.
With a head for a fin and a fin for a head, it has itself only one wish -
To meet with another fish just like itself -
Unlikely, as it lives in a bowl on a shelf.
It spells out its name back to front on the glass.
For a fish that can’t write that’s a pain in the neck.
And what’s more, it must write it along the outside.
Since a fish needs its water,
The Back to Front Trout has just died.

The rarest of animals

Mike Lucas

Plymouth, United Kingdom

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