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Marsupial Madness

A COLLECTION OF KANGAROO POEMS

WRITTEN BY Charlotte Koenig

Marsupial Madness

A COLLECTION OF KANGAROO POEMS

WRITTEN BY Charlotte Koenig

For my favorite librarian, Mrs. Mancuso, my wonderful English teacher, Mrs. Jones, and my beloved dog, Jasper.

 

     Kangaroos, the largest marsupial, typically live in Australia. They can be found in southwestern areas (of Australia), and on the island of New Guinea. The landscape is different in each area, which includes bushland, shrubland, savanna, and forest. All of these different terrains can change a kangaroos lifestyle and adaptations.

     The red kangaroo is the emblem of Australia along with the emu. Both of these native animals are on Australia’s shield because of their inability to walk backwards. This is a sign that the nation will continue to progress forwards.

 

BIRTH

 

Here, I’m here!

 

As small as a jellybean

 

I’ve just been born

 

I barely can be seen

 

 

Now I have to make a journey

 

From tail to pouch

 

Ma licks a path of fur for me

 

And

 

Phew, I made it

 

Such a relief

 

 

 

LEAVING THE POUCH

 

I don’t want to leave

 

I don’t, don’t, don’t

 

Please just a little longer

 

Even though I can, I won’t

 

 

It’s unfair

 

It’s mean

 

I won’t

 

Leave!

 

Hop

 

Out of the pouch, I say

 

I push

 

I prod

 

I pry

 

To try to make him

 

Hop out

 

But he cries

 

 

THE JOYOUS STAGE OF JOEY

 

Now I’m a JOEY

 

Eight months old

 

I have to be bold

 

To leave the pouch forever

 

Into the frigid

 

Cold

 

I hop out hesitantly

 

My forepaws reaching

 

A leaf

 

While Ma tries

 

To make me mind

 

Her teaching

 

 

But then I spot a shadow

 

After I come out

 

It’s as big as Ma!

 

I dive headfirst into

 

Her pouch

 

 

A SWIMMING SONG

 

Look Ma!

 

Admire me swim

 

My feet act like

 

Smooth

 

Sleek

 

Fins

 

Paddling powerfully

 

I’m speedy fast

 

When I’m with Ma

 

It’s her I bypass

 

 

THE BOXING RING

 

Go get ‘em Ma!

 

You got this

 

See, just put your

 

Back into it

 

 

Deflect all his blows!

 

Slam him in the nose!

 

Ma, it’s over, he knows

 

That you're a pro.

 

Will you teach me how to box

 

Like you do?

 

That was AMAZING

 

Honestly, Ma

 

Who knew?

 

THE STUPENDOUS STAGE OF ADVANCED JOEY

 

Now that I’m an advanced joey

 

I have to stay out of the pouch for good

 

*Sigh

 

No more jumping back into her pouch

 

No more milk for food

 

Now I have freedom

 

To do as I please

 

At least that’s what Ma says

 

But I can tell she has

 

An eye on me

 

HOW TO HOP

 

I crouch

 

Ready to jump

 

As I prepare

 

For the landing

 

BUMP

 

 

Did you know we kangaroos

 

Are the most impressive

 

Because only we

 

Hop

 

As our way of locomotion

 

(Which is most effective)

 

WHAT’S FOR DINNER?

 

Ma!

 

I’m STARVING

 

I’m need to have some food

 

So with my wide jaws

 

I chomp and munch and

 

Chew

 

 

 

After that, oh after that

 

I don’t even bother to wait

 

I tell my digestive juices to hurry up

 

And then I regurgitate

 

My delicious pile of regurgitated

 

Gloop

 

To others it’s just goop

 

To me it’s my food

 

I gobble it down, and gulp it down

 

Like it's chicken soup

 

Her wingspan is up to 10 feet

 

With food portions

 

Not meager

 

She is majestically terrifying

 

An animal that can described

 

As regal

 

She is the soaring ____________.

 

 

 

 

WEDGE TAILED

 

EAGLE

It’s incredible

 

He’s our cousin

 

His sharp teeth

 

On a bevel

 

A four legged beast

 

With tall grass he is level

 

He is the fiercesome __________.

 

TASMANIAN

 

DEVIL

For our species,

 

It’s ruining

 

It’s destructive

 

With a voice boomin’

 

And to our habitat

 

It’s doomin’

 

It’s the monstrous __________.

HUMAN 

   Though this book is written in poetry, all of the facts are true, and you can learn much from them. Yes, kangaroos hold their babies in their pouches, and yes, they regurgitate their food before they eat it again!

    But a fact that is very true is that kangaroo numbers are decreasing dramatically. Due to many factors, they are considered vulnerable.

    Illegal hunting and destruction of their habitat can stop if many have the concern for these creatures.

1. CHEETAH

 (75 MPH)

 

 

2. PRONGHORN ANTELOPE

 (62 MPH)

 

 

3.SPRINGBOK

 (61 MPH)

 

4. QUARTER HORSE

(55 MPH) 

 

5.WILDEBEEST

 (50 MPH)

 

6. BLACK BUCK 

(50 MPH)

 

TOP 10 FASTEST LAND ANIMALS

7.LION

(50 MPH)

 

8.JACKRABBIT

(45 MPH)

 

9.ELK

(45 MPH)

 

10. CAPE-HUNTING DOG

(45 MPH)

 

11. KANGAROO

 (SADLY, THE POOR KANGAROO DIDN'T MAKE THE LIST)

(44 MPH)

 

ADULT

Now the advanced joey is ready to leave forever. Though the parent and the child might meet again, there is still a tearful goodbye.

A KANGAROO'S LIFE CYCLE

ADVANCED JOEY

The kangaroo is finally out of the pouch! He stays out of the pouch, but the advanced joey doesn't leave his mother's side; he uses this freedom to practice hopping and jumping.

 BABY

 When kangaroos are born, they are around the size of a lima bean, but weigh about a can of tomato soup!

JOEY

Depending on the mother, kangaroo babies become "joeys" at around eight months old. They still stay in the pouch most of the time, but are more active.

 

Come share the madness of a lively marsupial family. Hop, box and swim with a mother kangaroo and her son as they spring through Austratlia's territory.