Julian D. Woodruff: Terrafractyl

(From Animal Crack-Ups)

The Terrafractyl roamed the hills,
the open plains and dried up rills
(an ancestor had sported gills),
and hailed its kind with rapid trills.

But then, – no social tittle-tattle –
those trills, though sweet, gave way to battle.
Terrafractyls, massed like cattle,
caused their neighbours’ bones to rattle.

Their ribs would crack, their blood would spew,
their innards were reduced to goo
as each its rival gamely slew –
a feast for the observing few
of self-prepared T-fractyl stew.