Roller was a pangolin who lived in a Kapok tree He’d sleep all day snoring away and wake up at three Then he’d look up at the sky and see the sun still bright He’d roll back into a ball and sleep until the night
When the moon was overhead and the stars were twinkling too Roller would roll out of bed, thinking of his food He had no teeth to brush, so he’d just wash his little face Then he’d smile toothlessly and buff his keratinous scales
He’d venture out into the night, insects on his mind His all time favourite foods were crunchy ants and termites He’d use his long, long tongue to catch all his insect prey And since he had no teeth, he’d swallow them straightaway
Roller would have loved to sing but he could only hiss So once he’d eaten all he could, he’d hiss in total bliss He’d roam around the forest floor, sticking his tongue out Hissing at a Kapok tree and sometimes even a rock
This quirky looking animal puzzled many folks Some wondered if he was in fact a moving artichoke Others thought he looked like a pinecone with feet There were many theories about this funny beast
Then one day some poachers came to steal Roller away They wanted his lovely scales to sell on market day But Roller’s secret hollow tree wasn’t easily found So there he still lives today, blithely foraging around.