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FUN CRITTER FACTS H i friends! This month, I thought we’d learn some fun facts about various animals that you might not already know: • The eyesight of dogs is better than that of humans. • Grizzly bears can run up to 30 miles per hour, but only for short distances. • A giraffe’s neck can be 6-1/2 feet long. No matter how long, it will still only be made up of seven bones. • As the largest cat in the world, the Siberian tiger averages about 11 feet in length. • If you keep a goldfish in a room without light for a long time, it will eventually turn white due to the lack of light. • A zebra is white with black stripes. • The average hen will lay 19 dozen eggs per year. * It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky. • It is possible to lead a cow upstairs, but not downstairs, because its knees can’t bend properly to walk back down. • Baby beavers are called “kittens.” • Moles are able to tunnel through 300 feet of earth in a day. • A Holstein cow’s spots are like a fingerprint or snowflake. No two have exactly the same pattern of spots. • If you give a raccoon a sugar cube, it will first try to clean it (as raccoons clean all their food before eating it). It will wash it and wash it until the sugar cube finally dissolves to nothing. Buddy Bear’s Word Watch • Cats use their whiskers to check whether a space is too small for them to fit through. • Sheep have four stomachs! Each stomach helps them digest the food they eat. Cows, on the other hand, have one stomach that has four chambers to help them digest their food. • Squirrels are rodents, like mice. There are around 280 species of squirrel worldwide. • Despite the white, fluffy appearance of a polar bear’s fur, they actually have black skin. • Because a horse’s eyes are on the side of its head, it is capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at one time. • Bald eagles build large nests — sometimes weighing as much as a ton (that’s 2,000 pounds!) • The sweat glands of a cow are in its nose. • Armadillos have four babies of the same sex at one time. They are identical quadruplets. • A hippopotamus’ skin is protected by its own pink oily secretion known as “pink sweat.” • Throughout their life, crocodiles continually grow new teeth that replace the old teeth. • Sharks are immune to all known diseases. T ry your hand at my monthly word watch. It’s easy. I’ll list three words for you to find. You read the stories in Rural Missouri and look for the words. When you find them, look them up in a dictionary to learn what they mean. Then send me a note telling me the stories where you found the words, what each word means as it’s used in the story and your age. If you get all the words right, your name goes into a drawing to win one of our Buddy Bear drawstring backpacks! We’ll pick up to five winners each month. Send your answers to: Buddy Bear’s Word Watch P. O. Box 1645 Jefferson City, MO 65102 Deadline to enter is Jan. 10. Kids, please wait a month before re-entering — and parents, this is only for kids up to age 15. Entries must be handwritten by the youth, please. Can you find this month’s words? 1) armadas 2) bygone 3) emancipation Congratulations to last month’s winners: Madison Gibbs, Klara Walther, Taylor Holman, Jordan Felder and Juan Rubio 34 WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - January 2012

Rural Missouri - January 2012
Table of Contents
Superior steel
Facing ‘extreme men’
Return to the prairie
Out of the Way Eats
Missouri snapshots
Hearth and Home
News Briefs
Woven in tradition
Around Missouri
The Nimblewill Nomad

Rural Missouri - January 2012