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Animal Poems for Children

By Josie Whitehead

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By Josie Whitehead

Mother's Special Pouch

‘Come, hop inside my special pouch,’

      Said Mummy Kangaroo.

'Then I can hop along at speed

      And also, so can you.'


‘Come, hop inside my special pouch.

      It’s time to take a ride.

The ride maybe quite bumpy though,

     But you’ll be safe inside.’


‘But will I feel a little sick?’

      Enquired her baby Roo?

And Mummy said: ‘Of course not dear.

      It’s what we kangas do.’


So safe inside his mother’s pouch,

     They both set off at speed,

And hop, hop, hop they jogged along,

     And he had fun, indeed!

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Kangaroos are famous for carrying their baby joeys in their pouches. Other marsupials—quokkas, wombats, wallabies, koalas, quolls, Tasmanian devils, and opossums, for example—also carry their young in this way.  (I think these animals are all from Australia/New Zealand, but tell me if I'm wrong).  Woodlice do also.  See my poem:  Wanda Woodlouse

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