...how long animals live? The animal
which lives the longest life is the tortoise. It sometimes lives between 300
and 400 years. The crocodile can live for 300 years, the elephant and the eagle
– for 100 years.
...that elephants are very good
…that the elephant can pick up a
coin with his trunk? The trunk is everything for the elephant. The elephant can
do with his trunk much of what we do with our hands. It can pick up a man and
put him on his back; then it can pick up and give him a coin which fell from
…that when an elephant grows,
everything grows on it except its eyes?
…about the march of 37 elephants
across the Alps? When Hannibal fought Rome thirty-seven of his elephants made a
march across the Alps covered with ice and snow. We know that his elephants
were African, but Hannibal’s elephants were smaller then the African elephants
…that crocodiles are cold-blooded?
Their temperature rises and falls together with the temperature of the air.
…that in the old, old days, many,
many years ago crocodiles lived in Europe?
…that crocodiles kill more people in
Africa than any other wild animal?
…that in the eighteenth century in
France there was a big wolf which greatly frightened the people? It killed and
ate 90 men before people could kill it.
…that if you feed a bear too much,
it will starve to death? When you feed a bear too much it will not eat roots
and berries which are necessary for its long winter sleep.
…that the snow leopard of Tibet has
a tail longer than its body?
…that once there lived a tortoise in
America with a flower growing on its back?
…that scientists think that
cleverest wild animal is the chimpanzee and the second is the orang-outang and
the third is the elephant?
Lions are cleverer than tigers and
Among the domestic animals the
cleverest are the horse and the dog. There animals take much from the people
with whom they live.
…that animals can talk to one
another? Of course they cannot talk as people can, but many animals can express
joy, fear, anger by their shouts. Monkeys, for example, make many different
sounds with their mouths, which have different meanings.
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