Strange Friendships Among Animals
When the lion lies down with the lamb—or maybe this cat and mouse really are on friendly terms and Pussy has no idea of following her natural bent. It’s a fact that surprising intimacies do spring up between animals born to be enemies and of course this may be a case of that kind. Still the mouse better watch his step and take no chances.
An Improved Squirrel House
Most children enjoy having pets such as rabbits and squirrels. A house that will accommodate several squirrels, and will permit them to climb a tree without danger of escape, has been found to be a great improvement upon the small wooden houses generally used.
The main house should be about ft. square, with a roof slanting down from the front, and supported on posts 3 ft. high. The front side should face the south; it should be as open as possible, and covered with 1-in. poultry mesh.
Turkey Crossed With Chicken to Get Tasty Meat Fowl
WHAT would you call the strange fowl in the photo at the right—a turken or a chickey? Either would be correct, for The thing is a cross between a turkey and a chicken.
With a view toward providing a new bird for table use, the Rev. Castor Ordonez, head of the department of biology at De Paul University, Chicago, bred a white Austrian Turkey with a Rhode Island Red hen and the turken—or chickey —was what happened.
The meat of the hybrid fowl is tastier than that of either of its parents and it yields two to three times as much edible flesh as a chicken. Father Ordonez is attempting to perpetuate the species.
Just How ‘Human’ Are Apes, Anyway?
From a Malayan jungle comes a strange story that may prove they’re more like us than not.
By Lester David
A SCIENTIFIC discovery of global importance may stem from the dark and wild jungleland of Northern Malaya. Here is the bizarre series of events which led to an exciting hunt now in progress: A native workman was tapping a rubber tree on an outlying plantation a few months ago when he felt a pair of strong arms encircling his waist. Startled, he whirled around and stared squarely into the grinning face of a creature half-ape, half-human, whose lips were drawn back over protruding fangs.
Surgical Boots Help Baby Elephant Support His Weight
THIS TINY elephant at right—he is tiny for an elephant—is the baby of the Kensington Gardens Zoo in London. At the time the photo was taken he weighed close to 300 pounds and his legs were not yet strong enough to permit him to gambol about the zoo in healthy elephant style.
Trout Enjoys Back Scratching
ARDENT anglers who have too often conic out second best in their battles with the tricky denizens of the trout streams might take lessons in fish taming from Herbert Hyde of Salt Lake City, Utah. One of Mr. Hyde’s most prized possessions is “Jumbo,” a four pound rainbow trout that not only didn’t get away, but doesn’t want to.
Searching the WORLD for Queer Pets
by H.H. Dunn
From all corners of the globe come the queer animals which modern fashion demands as pets—koa bears, ocelots, even boa constrictors. Read why alligators and raccoons have gone out of style while chimpanzees have become popular.
TIME was when the dog, cat and canary, with an occasional parrot, satisfied the demands of civilized man for pets, but today not less than half a hundred other animals and birds have been added to the list.
TWO sharp quillers from the Amazon Jungle moved in with Marion and Paul McMichael of Brooklyn two years ago just so the husband and wife could prove a point. You see, the quillers are prehensile-tailed porcupines named Gerald and Geraldine and the McMichaels had heard that all such animals were dumb—and dangerous. As a member of the New York Zoological Society, Paul didn’t think so and he brought a couple home to study..
Making Fish Feel at Home in New York Aquarium
VISITORS to the famous New York aquarium are little aware, as they pass along before the amazing array of tanks containing fish of every shape and color, that behind the scenes of this remarkable institution there are thousands of feet of pipes, an intricate pumping system, a veri table hospital for ailing fish, and a staff of icthyologists whose task is to provide the fish with the most comfortable living quarters possible.
The hospital of the aquarium is equipped with microscopes, operating tables, a research laboratory, and even an ultra violet ray lamp for the treatment of afflicted fish. Here experts study all specimens of fish brought to them, and one of the results of their labors is that fish actually live longer in the tanks than they would in their native habitat.
Jet Noises Tried Out on Guinea Pigs
Jet engines make a lot of noise—enough to pain or perhaps harm your ears. To find out more about the effect of very loud noise on human ears, Air Force scientists at the Wright-Patterson Base are learning what it does to guinea pigs’ ears. The anesthetized animals (below) are placed in a soundproof room equipped with sound generators. Those are not earphones Dr. H. E. von Gierke is wearing, but muffs to protect his ears.