It has been reported from Mildura district that thousands of kangaroos and emus are destroying thousands of acres of valuable crops and grazing lands.
The Lion and the Unicorn Of England's Coat-of-Arms Seldom make bold, so we are told, To ravage English farms. In fact, 'tis said by travellers Who lately have been there, That lions hardly ever roam About the dales and dells at Home, And unicorns are rare. But in this topsy-turvy land Where often -- inter alia -- Strange forms of bird, in ways absurd, Are grafted to mammalia. And beasts have bills to fit the goose, Our crazy Coat-of-Arms breaks loose To roam at night and play the deuce 'Mid farmers in Australia. The Lion and the Unicorn Stay put and emplematic; But kangaroos bluntly refuse To function, staid and static. And emus stray to ruin farms, Raising excursions and alarms; Which proves such things, on Coats-of-Arms Are plainly too erratic. Far better chain them to the shield Like unicorns in Britain. Else, by what chance may we "advance" As in the motto written? If not, and they get out of hand, Before the nations we must stand Ever a topsy-turvy land By its own emblem smitten.
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