How could they all get out?” the keeper squawked with a . worried frown!
Found their way out of the zoo one night and scattered to explore the city
Might have planned or might have just decided in that moment
But they did it
They were gone
And no one knew how or where … or anything.
It took all day to find them – the chickens mostly, who could hide brilliantly.
And the llama was a galloper so catching became tricky.
The panda, he came willingly; the gorillas made a game of it.
But by closing time, they’d all been carefully wrangled
And were back
The panda with its mate in the bamboo of Panda Zone
The gorillas with their family in Great Green Jungle Land
The Silkie Bantam chickens with their fluffy friends in Farmyard Fun
And the llama from the petting zoo … in the petting zoo.
In their own enclosures
In the zoo
Simply waiting for the dark.
And when all was still and quiet
And the last lion yawn had faded
Four Silkie Bantam chickens
And the llama from the petting zoo
Ambled to the wall
And then did it all again.