With lizard bones and otter fur
That’s waterproof and soft as silk.
Laying eggs as lizards do,
Then nursing babes on milk.
She hunts her prey in bottom mud
With tactile snout exquisite;
More delicate than human touch,
She senses nerve cells with it.
Life branches out a thousand ways,
Ignores our human urge
For categories neat and trim.
Nature’s on a splurge…
Witha creature that’s most elegant,
Beauty’s her attraction.
Admire now the platypus,
A honey of adaption.
Rhymed by Kate Rauner, inspired by Stephen Jay Gould.