Thursday, December 15, 2016

ZooWeird 15

A doggerel series about odd or little-known animals.

The crown of thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) is a large starfish with its name deriving from the venomous thorn-like spines that cover its body. It can be found in tropical coral reefs of the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the largest starfishes in existence, only coming second to the sunflower starfish. Read more:

The starfish thought it wasn’t fair—
For thorns adorned him everywhere!

The other starfish, young and clear,
Made fun of him from year to year.

But he saved Kim, the Starfish Queen,
When some foul creature, very mean,

Attacked her in a vicious way.
Our starfish stuck him, paused to say:

“You’d better leave Queen Kim alone!
Or I will stick you till you moan!”

The naughty thing just swam afar
And Queen and starfish now, well, are

A pair. He’s stuck on her—his Kim—
And she is very stuck on him!

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