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First Line: The camelopard, it is said
Last Line: With stones and sticks and guns and slings.
Alternate Author Name(s): Belloc, Joseph Hilaire Pierre Rene
Subject(s): Giraffes

The Camelopard, it is said
By travellers (who never lie),
He cannot stretch out straight in bed
Because he is so high.
The clouds surround his lofty head,
His hornlets touch the sky.

How shall I hunt this quadruped?
I cannot tell! Not I!
I'll buy a little parachute
(A common parachute with wings),
I'll fill it full of arrowroot
And other necessary things,

And I will slay this fearful brute
With stones and sticks and guns and slings.

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