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Orphanage for Elephants

July 15: Five baby elephants were very sad. They were being returned to the forest. In fact, they broke into tears. But why were they sad to return home?Because they had fallen in love with the orphanage they were staying in before they were returned to the forest. The men who had taken care of them were sad too....

How Men Lost Their Tails

The hill people have many theories about the origin of mankind. Some say that God fashioned the first people from clay with his own hands; some say that they were hatched from enormous eggs. They emerged from a crack in the ground, from the womb of Mother Earth; they were born of a goddess; they were even born of...

Anacondas

You might have seen the recent English film Anaconda, where these snakes are shown as giant man-eating monsters. Well, that’s not all that can be said about these mighty creatures. Eating is but necessary for survival -- and you never know, Anacondas might eat humans too, if one goes near them! But apart from their strange eating habits, these...

Elephants and Leopards

Shatrunjay Hegde is eight years old. He is studying in the 4th standard in Valley School at Bangalore. We went to Bandipur National Park near Mysore for a three day jungle camp and safari. During this trip we went for many safaris. We went trekking in the jungle. We talked about elephants, tigers, leopards and many other animals. We went to the museum at...

Something Special

The children were very excited about it. Early in the morning they woke up to the bird songs. Before the sun’s rays could peep in through the treetops they were ready in the jeep. This was their first visit to the jungle with their parents and the guide who knew the jungle well.Welcome to the National Park said the...

So Many Monkeys!

They are an amazing lot, they really are! They are absolute monkeys!The Squirrel Monkey has a long and slender tail. The tail serves many purposes. It helps the animal to keep its balance when it monkeys around, I mean, jumps from branch to branch. It also acts like a blanket during the night for, the monkey wraps itself cozily in...

The Tale of a Circus Bear

Bholu and Golu Written by Pankaj Bisht Illustrations by Tapas Guha Published by National Book Trust, New DelhiThis is the story of a small circus bear called Bholu. Golu, the mahout's son, becomes his friend and resolves to free him from the cruel life of a performing animal. With Bholu's help he helps the little frightened bear run away from the circus...

Killing them Surely

Where: Surat, Gujarat, IndiaNovember 4, 2000: When a member of the Parsi community dies, according to their religion, the body is not buried or consigned to flames. It is placed in the "Tower of Silence" for the scavenger birds or vultures to feed on them so that even in death the body is of use.In Surat, Gujarat, till a...

Why are Some Reptiles Brightly Coloured?

Most animals have skin colour that makes them merge into their surroundings. They become near invisible unless you look very closely. But some reptiles such as the sea-snakes, coral snakes and frogs of Central and South America are brilliantly coloured or have bright bands like deep yellow, orange, pink on their bodies.They are easily visible among the green leaves...

Why do Beavers Build Dams?

Picture a giant rat with a flat tail and webbed feet. That's what the beaver looks like.There are two kinds of beavers: the American and the European. The European beaver, found in Norway, Poland, Germany and France, lives in burrows.But the American beaver builds a dam across a stream or lake to construct his home or lodge. The lodges...

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