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“At the Zoo”

June 30, 2009

In the Crumpet household, summer brings with it hazy, somnolent memories of days spent at the beach, taffy, large bugs, penny-farthings, people-watching, and fried chocolate bars. And catching up with old friends.

There are lions and roaring tigers,
and enormous camels and things,
There are biffalo-buffalo-bisons,
and a great big bear with wings.
There’s a sort of a tiny potamus,
and a tiny nosserus too —
But I gave buns to the elephant
when I went down to the Zoo!

There are badgers and bidgers and bodgers,
and a Super-in-tendent’s House,
There are masses of goats, and a Polar,
and different kinds of mouse,
And I think there’s a sort of a something
which is called a wallaboo —
But I gave buns to the elephant
when I went down to the Zoo!

If you try to talk to the bison,
he never quite understands;
You can’t shake hands with a mingo —
he doesn’t like shaking hands.
And lions and roaring tigers
hate saying, “How do you do?” —
But I give buns to the elephant
when I go down to the Zoo!

A.A. Milne

h/t to Mrs. Crumpet

4 Comments leave one →
  1. woo permalink
    July 5, 2009 5:08 pm

    Ahhh, A A Milne. Genius.

  2. February 10, 2013 5:39 pm

    There are lions and roaring tigers, and enormous camels and things, There are biffalo-buffalo-bisons, and a great big bear with wings. There’s a sort of a tiny potamus, and a tiny nosserus too – But I gave buns to the elephant when I went down to the Zoo! There are badgers and bidgers and bodgers, and a Super-in-tendent’s House, There are masses of goats, and a Polar, and different kinds of mouse, And I think there’s a sort of a something which is called a wallaboo – But I gave buns to the elephant when I went down to the Zoo! If you try to talk to the bison, he never quite understands; You can’t shake hands with a mingo – he doesn’t like shaking hands. And lions and roaring tigers hate saying, “How do you do?” – But I give buns to the elephant when I go down to the Zoo!

  3. November 14, 2013 8:46 pm

    [edited from user comments]: From Camp Foster: -Take a LEFT coming out of the Exchange gate so that you are heading up 330 towards Kadena. Take a RIGHT at the Awase Meadows Golf Course intersection onto 22. (There will be a blue sign overhead before the turn lane pointing out the roads.) Take a LEFT at the 2nd light. Take a RIGHT at the 3rd light directly into the zoo parking lot.

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