A Camelephantelopelicanary’s a strange and wonderful thing

| September 6, 2007 | 2 Comments 

I am grateful to my dad for introducing me to the idea of mixed up animals. I have had some great fun with classes designing composite animals, drawing them and coming up with some poems.

I always start by telling them about our pet Camelephantelopelicanary, a cross between many exotic animals:

A Camelephantelopelicanary’s a strange and wonderful thing

The bits of its body are really quite shoddy so he’s all held together with string

Discovered, they say, on the first day of May by an explorer out wandering the Nile

The first thing he noted was the fact that it floated and its face was all covered in smile.


Here is a fun little invention you could use on a whiteboard to mix up two random creatures. Have fun!


Category: 2) Useful n Interesting

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  1. Dear Tim,
    I was researching the quote from the cover of Philip Hobsbaum’s book of poetry ‘Women and Animals’ which mentions the camelephantelopelicanary and came to your site. Are you familiar with the late Hobsbaum’s poetry?

  2. blog says:

    Now THAT’s fascinating. I wonder which came first. I will have a chat with my dad, who has had that animal in his own poems, since the 50’s.
    I also see that someone else has picked up on the idea, in a flash based story about being happy with who you are: http://www.dream.uk.net/resources/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=534
    Keep in touch about this, please. All the best

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