On a bright sunny morning - the middle of May -
When the sun’s rays shone brightly upon this hot day,
A meerkat called Molly gazed over the plain,
Looking left, and then right and then left once again.
She’d a small furry face and a rather large nose
And the sharpest of small claws upon her brown toes,
But the thing which you’d notice much more than her size
Would be Molly’s enormous black animal eyes.
It could well be you'd noticed the dirt on her nose -
For small meerkats love digging as everyone knows!
They all live in their burrows deep under the ground,
And there’s safety in numbers when danger’s around.
Whilst her brothers and sisters, and youngsters as well
Are all sharing their lunch in the place where they dwell,
Molly scans the horizon with sharp meerkat eyes;
For those predators lurk on both ground and the skies.
Molly spots up above a dark shape that’s well known,
It's a creature that won’t leave small meerkats alone,
And it could be an eagle or hungry black crow,
So the family rush back to their burrow below.
The small meerkats in turn have to hunt for their prey
And so what will they eat in the course of their day?
Is it mum’s apple crumble? Fish fingers and peas?
No, it's worms and small insects. All meerkats love these.
Molly Meerkat's a leader, the head of her pack,
And she plays a key role in averting attack.
In her home with her family on Africa's plain
As both queen and protector, long, long may she reign.
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