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IN the wild state, Rabbits live
in burrows which they make
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a large number live together in
a colony, and their burrows are
quite extensive, forming a sort
". of village which is called a warren. Tame
Rabbits, of course, do not need to burrow
t 57 in the ground, as their masters provide them
with a hutch for a home. They are favorite
pets with boys, most of whom are able to fix up a nice
little hutch for them out of an old cracker or soap box.
Wild Rabbits are cunning-looking and amusing little
creatures, and it is very interesting to watch them if o0j
can get a chance to do so without being seen. They
are full of odd little tricks, and cut up some Verv comical
capers as they play with one another about the warren,
They dart in and out of their holes, every now and
then sitting erect, and looking about and listening in-
tently, as if they scented danger. Presently one will
start a quarrel with another, and there will be a fierce
fight. Then, without a moment's warning, a party will
dash off at full speed, as if theynever meant to stop, but
as suddenly they will pull up, and begin to nibble
sedately at the grass.
Next minute a fright will seem to seize the whole
crowd, and they will scurry like mad into their holes;
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A RABBIT FAMILY.
but it will not be long before a little nose will be stuck
out, to be followed quickly by another, and in a short
time they will all be at play again. Their actions are
so funny that it is hard for an on-looker to keep from
laughing aloud, and so frightening them into their holes
The Rabbit's long ears are very sharp of hearing,
and the wild ones have to make good use of them, for
they have many foes against whom they can not defend
themselves if they let them get near enough to attack.
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IT seems strange that the CAT, our gentle household pet,
should be a copy on a small scale of the fierce and mighty Tiger,
but it is a fact that except in size they are very much alike.
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GUINEA PIGS are quite pretty little pets, and are easily tamed;
but they are not very intelligent, and are of no use except as pets.
Their flesh is not pleasant to eat, and their fur is of no value.
AS they glide smoothly and
seemingly without effort
Along the bosom of the
S water, Swans make a most
graceful and elegant
appearance. They adorn
Sby their presence the lakes in our parks,
and besides being ornamental they serve
the useful purpose of destroying the weeds
S at the bottom of the lake and so keep the
water pure and clear.
They cease to be graceful and look very droll indeed
while tugging away at these weeds when they happen
to be tough. They don't go wholly beneath the surface,
but reach their heads down, leaving their tails sticking
straight up out of the water, and bobbing about comically
as they exert themselves.
The nest of the Swan is a mass of reeds or grasses set
on shore close to the water in as sheltered a spot as can
be found. If there is a little island in the lake or river
it will be given the preference.
The parents are very watchful over the nest and the
young. They consider themselves owners of the portion
of the body of water near the nest, and attack savagely
any intruder upon their premises.
They fight with their wings, and can strike amazingly
strong blows with them. Sad to say, they are very
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quarrelsome, and are apt to fight amongst themselves as
well as with other birds and animals.
Many children when they visit the parks where
Swans are kept, bring pieces of bread or crackers to
feed the beautiful creatures; and as soon as the Swans
see a group of children near the shore, they swim to-
ward them, in hopes of getting something.
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MENTION of the TURKEY always brings up thoughts of Thanks-
giving and Christmas, so important a feature is it of those holidays.
It may be called the king of the poultry tribe.
From the GOOSE we get its flesh for food, its feathers to stuff
our pillows, and its quills to make ornaments of. Before steel
pens came into use, Goose quills were the common writing tool.
', H HE Ostrich is the largest
1. iT of all birds, being seven
or eight feet tall, and weigh-
,X'''. ing sometimes as much as three hundred
,:; '" pounds. Although it is a bird, there is
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Sto be capable of doing that it can not
Sdo, and that is fly. It has wings but they
Share too small and weak to enable it to travel in
the air. It can travel fast enough on the
ground, however, being able to run as swiftly as a horse
You have probably heard the story told that when the
Ostrich is pursued it sticks its head in the sand, and
:t'n thinks that the rest of its body can not be seen
This is not true; the bird is not so stupid as that, but on
.-, contrary is quite cunning.
The Ostrich's way of hatching is very curious. A
aest contains many eggs, but each is laid by a different
mother; for an Ostrich does not lay an egg every day
as a hen does, but so far apart that they would not hatch
.u:' together. So, when a bird has made a nest, all hex
friends club together, as you might say, and each gives
an egg that the nest may be full.
The Ostrich is valuable chiefly for the beautiful
plumes that are taken from its wings and tail, and are
ised to trim hats and bonnets. A full-grown Ostrich
will produce forty dollars' worth of feathers in a year,
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A FLOCK OF OSTRICHES.
For several years Ostrich farming has been carried on
in South Africa on a large scale, a great number of the
birds being tamed and kept in inclosed fields for the
sake of their feathers. Flocks of them have lately been
brought to the United States, and Ostrich farms have
been established in California and other states.