LA TORTUGUITA

Francisco Almagro

La tortuga
 
La tortuga está en el agua, The tortoise is in the water,
vive dentro, vive fuera, she lives in and out of the water,
mira cómo nada, nada, look how she swims, swims,
para salir de la arena. in order to leave the beach.
Va despacito, con su compás, She goes slowly, on her way,
con el peso de su capa with the weight of her cloak
amarilla, verde plata, yellow, silver-green
ya es trabajo caminar. it is so hard to walk.
La tortuga
 
Un, dos, tres, cuatro, One, two, three, four,
la tortuga ya se va. the tortoise is going.
Un, dos, tres, cuatro, One, two, three, four,
déjala con su compás. leave her to her way.
Un, dos, tres, cuatro, One, two, three, four,
la tortuga ya se fue. the tortoise now is gone.
Un, dos, tres, cuatro, One, two, three, four,
otra vez la alcanzaré. I will follow her another time.
La pobre tortuga The poor tortoise
ni pica ni muerde, neither nibbles nor eats,
y tiene su nido and has her nest
por la orilla verde. on the green shore.
Un, dos, tres, cuatro, One, two, three, four,
la tortuga ya se va. the tortoise is going.
Un, dos, tres, cuatro, One, two, three, four,
déjala con su compás. leave her to her way.
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La tortuga ya en su nido The tortoise already in her nest
tuvo cuatro tortuguitas, had four little tortoises,
y las cuatro se han salido and the four have left
arrastrando sus patitas. dragging their little feet.
Se van al agua para nadar, They have gone to the water to swim,
pobrecitas inocentes, poor little innocents,
¡ay, que el río, en su corriente, oh! that the river, with its current,
se las lleva hacia la mar. may carry them to the sea.
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Turtles lay eggs. They must come ashore to do so. Females usually nest during the warmest months of the year. Most females return to the same nesting beach each year, usually coming ashore at night. Females may spend two or more hours out of the water during the entire nesting process. They usually lay between one and nine clutches (groups) of eggs per season.




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