Behold the delightful platypus!
They’re a whole lot different from the rest of us—
An animal made of all sorts of leftover bits;
Duck bill, webbed feet, beaver tail, fur, sharp wits—
They even have stingers upon their heels
To ward off any foe from otters to eels.
They may look strange compared to other beasts,
There’s no species like it, north, south, west or east—
You have to wonder if the Great Creator, having made all creatures,
Could put together a such a marvelous set of features;
Unless, of course, all other parts were by then taken
And the platypus was His last being undertaken?
However, you’ve got to admit
That the platypus makes a grand exhibit
Of what can be done with bits and pieces—
The platypus ignores all jibes and teases
And laughs at others’ attempts to cause more strife
After all, they are nature’s own Swiss Army knife!