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Right From Wrong

I am a wolf. It's fair to say
That I am just the kind you'd trust
If Riding Hood came down my way.
The fairy tale's unjust.

I am an elephant. I blub
To hear another species wail.
I do not drink to crooks. I snub
All those beyond my pail.

I am a cat. If Bertrand Russell
Found me purring round the house,
He'd praise my morals, not my muscle.
How much I love the mouse.

I am a rat. I am not vague,
Am ethical. I think things through.
I spurn a turncoat like the plague.
My tail is always true.

I am a camel. By my humps
I swear that I would never hurt you.
My mammal virtues come up trumps.
I won't desert you.

I am in parliament. Eff off.
What's right or wrong? Forget it.
My snout is snoozing in the trough.
Of course I don't regret it.

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'Scientists studying animal behaviour believe they have growing evidence that species ranging from mice to primates are governed by moral codes of conduct in the same way as humans.' – The Daily Telegraph
27 March 2009


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