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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Minkie Monkey's Tiger Song


The tiger is big and black and yellow
He is such a dangerous fellow
If you see him, don’t think—just run!
Or your life won’t by any fun.

And while it’s true all tigers have stripes,
There are tigers of many types
Siberian, Sumatran, two Chinese types[1] and Bengal
That’s five, but don’t stop yet, that’s not quite all—
There used to be three more in the den
The Javan, the Balinese and the Caspian
You won’t find them now, they’re all dead
Sleeping in heaven’s eternal bed.

That’s terrible, and it makes me so sad
Because tigers are big, but they’re not all bad.
It’s true they hunt small animals to kill
But they have their big stomachs to fill.
They kill to eat, like you humans do too—
Chickens, goats, fish, rabbits and even a kangaroo or two!
Unlike people, though, the tiger never kills for fun
In fact, when he sees humans, the stupid tiger should run!

[1] The Indo-Chinese and the South Chinese

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