The Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas on August 19, 1951 · Page 59
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The Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas · Page 59

Corpus Christi, Texas
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Sunday, August 19, 1951
Page 59
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OFF THt OSBP SNP /I0CUTTHAT ·LONDC H60UCINS ON THE .' rr-r«.L» JUSTHCW^? DU PUT ON IF I :/I'D Dive INT? WOUCING IS S/VU^fc WITH U«i THIS.' HWNG *y-WSPA5 MEAD WfcLiy CUT* CALORIES ...ONLY 2» IN A IRPUND ROMANCE WHEN I FOUND CWUW.E-SOUARE '! FAMOUS REDUCING KAN PRIffiON BY IVAN T. SANDERSON Noted Wildlife Writtr Good EaHng... every week in PARADE You'll want to watch Beth Merriman's food features in your weekly copy of PARADE for up-to-the minute, easy- to-prepare food suggestions keyed to summer living. Tougher than Tiny birds and beasts are vicious fighters, I WATCHED Ht AMAZEMENT the other day. Across my lawn streaked a powerful collie, tall between his legs. After him, tiny but mighty in her attack/came his pursuer: that mildest of animate, a groundhog! Finally the collie stopped, turned and barked - from a safe distance. The groundhog, clearly the winner, stopped like a tough kid chasing a sissy, stood in frozen hate for a minute, then turned and trotted back to her cornfield. · Two days later it happened again. This time the groundhog sent a dachshund scurrying from her field at full speed. · I lore dogs, and I know farmers hate groundhogs, but I wanted to tip my hat to the tough little gal who lives in the com. · With me, It's an old feeling. Time and again I've been impressed by one fact: there's so much dynamite and courage in small things! By comparison with a hummingbird, a lion is an old softie. Deep in Nicaragua's jungles one day, I was ferociously attacked by one of nature's tiniest heroes: an angry hummingbird. Don't laugh. The hummingbird-a tiny emerald-green bunch^of feathers-was small enough to fit through a wedding ring. In a small sapling, she had a nest of babies, and I had been clearing a trail. Not knowing about the nest, I had been about to chop down her tree! · It is lucky for me that I have a long nose and wear glasses when peering at natural curiosities in the Jungle. Because WATCH OUT, fox. The,angry marmdset (left) is one of Nature's deadliest little creatures. the tiny creature suddenly helicoptered into the air, turned abruptly to 12 o'clock and literally flred herself at me. · All I remember was a smack of feathers and finding myself on the ground. ·. When I scrambled to my feet there was a gash along the side of my nose and blood on my glasses. The hummingbird was settling herself back on her nest and adjusting her wings with little flips, as if to say: "Stay away from this tree-YOU!" Th« ioy ScTMmwd O »r ANOTHER OCCASION I heard of an Indian boy whose mother brought him to a doctor. His eyeball had been punctured, but the doc could hot find out from the boy what caused the injury; The boy had come screaming from the jungle, holding a hand over his eye. It took the doctor three days to find the culprit. The child, he decided, had found a hummingbird's nest, and had been attacked by the mother. He had suffered the fate I escaped. Many of us think that animals like the tiger and leopard pick fights. That's wrong. But it does seem that- smaller animals are pugnacious-aid the smaller the animal, the more pugnacious 'he is apt to be. v The Shrew Is Vicious rTUKE THE SHREW as an example. A Shrews have long, pointed" jaws armed with rows of razor-sharp teeth which can lip and tear the toughest gristle. I have seen two of them fight each other aZZ day -until one lay dead. · Weasels are utterly wanton killers and have been known to slaughter 50 chickens in a night and eat only one of them. - · A gamekeeper I know once found a tiny weasel in a trap, nursed it to health and tried to keep it as a pet. · It attacked his big dog, which fled. It molested his tomcat which, however, merely cuffed ii , Finally it deliberately invaded a cage containing one of its larger relatives, a ferret. Ferrets are noted for fighting ability, but the weasel attacked the ferret and killed it. Next to the shrew and" weasel in toughness is the mink. You can tame a mink, but they are fierce fighters and have been known to attack their keepers with utmost fury. Their strength and stamina is unbelievable for their size. 12 par** AUGUST 19,

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