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What do YOU think about it?
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By Aunt Gertie.
The Zoo! ,
There it was in great, big, black
letters right over an. imposing-looking
building in the park!
Oh, such a family of animals, chil
dren! Were you ever there?
A funny, furry bear was trying to
climb to the top of a very smooth
pole! Lions calling loudly for meat!
Monkeys squealing and jumping
Birds twittering. Fishes swimming
in. a great, big pond.
While Artist Barnum and I were
wondering where to go fl. ,t we no
ticed a long, dark, queer-fooking anF
mal lying perfectly still on a soft of
mound in the middle of a large pool,
of water. We walked up quite close
and looked again.
Then we saw it was an alligator!
Did you ever see. one?
I decided to stay around a good
while near Mr. Alligator and get quite
friendly. Artist Barnum went over,
under a tree; sat down and drew this
picture of our friend.
What do you suppose I found out?
I learned that Mr. Alligator belongs
to the reptile family." Therefore, he
has cold blood like all reptiles have,
instead of warm blood like we, and
most animals, too, have.
.He grows very, very slowly. When
he is 15 years old he isn't much more
than two feet long! What do you
think of that?
This Mr. Alligator was about six
feet long and so was about 45 years
old. Just imagine! I noficecT'that
his coat was like a hide, and that it
was very prettily marked. The
keeper, who was standing near, whis
Dered to me. that some dav whpn Mr
-Alligator died the hide would be strip-
pea on ana tannea. xnen, He said,
it would be sold for a good price.
Alligators hve part of the time in
the water. They usually live on fish.
When they want to eat they take
their prey down to the bottom of the
water to devour it. As soon as then
heads go under the water their ears
and windpipes close bo that no water
can get inside. For that reason an
alligator is called "amphibious,"
which means he can live on land or
Next Artist Barnum and I are go
ing to the Zoo again and see another
wonderful animal. What do you thin
it will be?
The white streak In the center of
a block of artificial ice is the last
part of it to be frozen. It contains
the waste air and other gases that
were dissolved in the water before
freezing. Hence the "snowy" appear-,