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Buffalo – Water-Loving Beast

Buffalo - Water-Loving Beast

Buffalo – Water-Loving Beast

The buffalo are large animals with big horns. The American bison is often called a buffalo, but it is not a true buffalo.
Buffalo live in warm places in Asia or Africa. The best known among them is the Indian buffalo which is also called a water buffalo. These animals love to lie in the water or in mud. It helps them to stay cool and protect them against biting insects.
Most buffalo are mainly black, brown, or gray. They eat mostly grasses and other vegetation.
People use buffalo to carry loads, pull carts, and to plow fields, especially in India and East Asia. They also eat meat and use skin for making leather goods. Many things are made from the buffalo’s horns.
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Mimicry – Protective Coloration

Mimicry - Protective Coloration

Mimicry – Protective Coloration

Mimicry may be defined as imitation or copying of an action or image. It helps animals and plants in various ways: keep them from being eaten or help them get food.
The fly orchid is a type of plant whose flower looks like a fly. This helps the plant attract real flies to pollinate it.
Some animals use mimicry to prey on other creatures. The tongue of the alligator snapping turtle looks like a worm. The turtle lies in water with its mouth open. When fish come over to get the “worm,” the turtle eats them.
The eggs of the European cuckoo look like the eggs of other birds. So, host parents incubate cuckoo’s eggs as their own.
Passionflower plants sometimes grow little lumps that look like butterfly eggs. So, the plant protests itself from being eaten by the caterpillars that would develop from the real eggs.
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Echidna – unusual animal

Echidna – unusual animal

Echidna – unusual animal

Echidna is an unusual mammal. They are the only living mammals (along with their relative the platypus) that lay eggs. These animals are also called spiny ant-eaters. They are found only in Australia, New Guinea and the islands located in the Bass Strait.
There are three species of echidna. The short-nosed echidna is common in Australia and on the island of Tasmania. Two species of long-nosed echidna live only on the island of New Guinea.
Echidnas have brownish fur with spines. Their feet have strong claws that are good for digging. They have a long, sticky tongue. Echidnas have no teeth.
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Interesting facts about Cuckoos

Interesting facts about Cuckoos

Interesting facts about Cuckoos

Cuckoos are named for the sounds they make. There are more than 125 different types of cuckoos throughout the world. Most of them live in forests, others live in open areas. Most cuckoos eat insects, especially caterpillars. Some of the larger species of cuckoos also feed on lizards, snakes, small mammals, and other birds.
The cuckoos vary greatly in size, with the range of body length being about 16–70 cm. Most of them are gray or brown. A few types have brightly colored feathers.
Some kinds of cuckoos do not raise their own young. They are nest-parasites and lay eggs in the nests of other kinds of birds that have similar-looking eggs. The female cuckoo may also remove any pre-existing eggs of the host species. In most cases, the host species is much smaller than the parasite and it is quite difficult to feed the voracious young cuckoo. The young cuckoo hatches quite quickly and while still blind, deaf and completely naked ejects the unhatched eggs of the host from the nest.
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France – Country of Castles, Wine, and History

France - Country of Castles, Wine, and History

France – Country of Castles, Wine, and History

France is known for its proud history and rich culture. Its area is 545,630 square km. Its official name is French Republic. The capital of the country is Paris. France shares borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and Andorra. The Mediterranean Sea lies to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean lies to the west. The French Alps are in the southeast. Mont Blanc, which rises 4,807 meters, is the highest point. The Pyrenees Mountains lie in the southwest. France is separated from England by the English Channel.
France is one of the major economic powers of the world. French cooking has long been internationally appreciated. France is known for its wines. There are miles of green vineyards.
The French river valleys are full of historic and beautiful old castles, called chateaux.
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Crane – beautiful wading bird

Crane - beautiful wading bird

Crane – beautiful wading bird

Cranes are tall, wading birds known for their courtship dances, and voices. Today there are 15 crane species throughout the world, except South America and Antarctica.
Cranes have long legs, a long neck, and a narrow, tapered bill. They eat grains, and invertebrates they catch in the water.
Most cranes migrate fairly long distances to their nesting sites.
The largest crane, and the rarest Asian crane, is the red-crowned, or Japanese, crane. It can weigh up to 11.4 kg. It has vivid red feathers on the top of its head, but its body is snowy white. In 1952, this crane became Japan’s national bird.
The smallest crane is the demoiselle crane of Europe and North Africa.
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Daisy – pearl among plants

Daisy - pearl among plants

Daisy – pearl among plants

Daisies belong to the aster family, which also includes chrysanthemums, dahlias, marigolds, sunflowers, and zinnias.
Daisies grow in Europe, North America, and other parts of the world. Common types of daisy include the Dakar oxeye daisy, the English daisy, and the Shasta daisy.
These plants often grow to about 61 to 91 centimeters tall and their flowers can be white, purple, pink, or red.
Daisy protects the queen of the garden, rose, and a lush jasmine from the invasion of aphids.
Daisy translated from Greek as pearl.
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