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Father to son: If I give you two cats and…

Father to son: If I give you two cats and four dogs, how many animals would you have? Son: Nine, dad.Father: How will you get nine?Son: Have you forgotton we already have a turtle, rabbit and a parrot!

Death Threat

March 19: The Olive Ridleys are olive-green coloured sea-turtles that have existed for more than 200 million years. The Gahirmatha beach in Orissa is one of their nesting sites, but unfortunately the fishermen have started catching these turtles for meat to sell in the local market.This has alarmed environmentalists. Nature lover and scientist, BR Ray says that this trend...

An Organism that is visible from Space

A cluster of brightly colored Acanthastrea coral also known as Pineapple coral, Artichoke coral, Starry cup coral.
The elephant is the largest land animal. The Blue whale is the largest sea animal. But however big these animals may be, they can not size up to the colonies built by tiny little sea creatures - the coral. The colonies built by corals are called coral reefs. Coral reefs can be as huge as big islands or even...

The Holiday

Hooty owl was puzzled. No one had come to the jungle school. "Maybe the little ones are late," thought the teacher. "I'll wait for a little while longer."Hooty owl did not know that her students had decided to miss school. They had started out for school but then changed their minds.``I am NOT going to school. I hate it,"...

High-tech Turtle

A few months ago, a turtle in Thailand was grievously injured when it was run over by a truck. The animal hardly seemed to have any chance of survival. However, with the immediate help of the Thai Animal Guardians Association, it did survive. The Association admitted the turtle to Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University for medical treatment.The plucky little survivor was...

Sundari

Sundari was my cousins' immediate neighbour. She lived with Lalit Kapoor and his German wife, Hazel, in their beautiful bunglow in Nizammudin East. This goes back many, many years, when I used to come to Delhi from Indore for my holidays. I must have been six or seven years old then. I saw her for the first time from...

Sea Turtles

The leatherback sea turtle
Can you name an animal that returns to the place of its birth, every single year, journeying more than 1,000 km to do so? Well, here is another hint: this animal is a sea creature that originated on earth more than 200 million years ago- making the species older than the oldest ever dinosaur.Give up? They are none other...

The Cloud That Refused To Cry

It was a stifling hot day in the second week of June and the animals of Jhilmil forest were miserable. The bumblebees no longer droned but sighed. A tail heavy with perspiration made Billori, the squirrel, sit sadly on a patch of dry earth, as hard as a turtle's hide.In another corner of the forest, just outside his cave,...

For the Olympic Heights of Stamina

September 7: The horse is a symbol of strength, power and stamina. Ever wondered about the secret behind its energy? It is the kind of food the animal eats. Ask the person who has to keep up the energy levels of one of the world's costliest racehorses, Fusaichi Pegasus, worth all of $4 million (approximately 1.8 crore rupees).That is...

How did the Modern Horse Originate?

Przhevalsky horses -- named after the Russian geographer and explorer Nikolai Przhevalsky.
Many millions of years ago a fox-like animal roamed across the plains of what is now the American continent. At that time the continents were not even divided as they are today.This animal had four soft toes on its feet like a cat or dog. This animal came to be called the 'eohippus' by modern day scientists who discovered...

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