Yindingie made the animals, the insects and the birds.
They roamed around Australia in great numbers, flocks and herds.
Most of them were happy with the way life had begun,
Except for little Kookaburra; he was the solemn one.
In fact, he was a misery, for envy ruled his mind;
He wanted to sing like the other birds, of every breed and kind.
'Why haven't I a voice?' he cried; 'It really isn't fair
That I should be so silent when I'm flying in the air!'
Now Snake was getting skittish and he fancied Frog for tea,
And Kookaburra watched them both with bold intensity.
The Snake was looking evil as he slid to little Frog,
And finally he reached him as he jumped up on a log.
Frog jumped and jumped, now up, now down, now on the grassy ground,
And Snake at last saw something move, and pounced without a sound.
At that very moment Frog escaped and didn't he rejoice!
While Kookaburra laughed and laughed!
He'd found his special voice.
For Snake had grabbed at his own tail, which was curled around the log.
He'd taken a mouthful of himself, instead of the lucky Frog!
The Kookaburra's laughter rang throughout the land around
And other Kookaburras came to learn the cheeky sound.
Since then the famous laugh throughout the bush is always heard
And the cheerful Kookaburra is Australia's favourite bird.
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