3 Among the Wolves: A Couple and Their Dog Live a Year with by Helen Thayer

By Helen Thayer

Helen and invoice Thayer, followed by way of their part-wolf, ordinarily Husky puppy, Charlie, got down to reside between wild wolf packs -- first within the Canadian Yukon after which within the Arctic. after they arrange camp inside a hundred toes of a wolf den, they have been greeted with apprehension. yet they identify belief over the years as the wolves settle for Charlie because the alpha male of the newly arrived "pack." Readers go back and forth with the Thayers as they know about wolf kinfolk constitution, view the intricacies of the search, the wolves' finely honed survival abilities, and playfulness.

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They breathe air with their lungs and suckle their young with milk. They even have belly-buttons! Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus , Whales close their blowhole when under water. As they surface they release a spout of air—a blow—before taking another breath. BLOWHOLES No whale, dolphin, or porpoise can breathe under water. They breathe air— but not through a nose and not through their mouth. Whales and dolphins choose when they want to take a breath. This means they cannot go to sleep. Instead, they shut down half their brain at a time, resting one half, then the other.

They include lemurs, bushbabies, and lorises. MAMMALS I like to dance and leap. Verreaux’s sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi) is a species of lemur that spends lots of time on the ground as well as in trees. It takes great strides and springs through the air at speed as if it were dancing. Babies have to hold on tight! u LONG FINGER The aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) lives in Madagascar. It taps on trees with its long middle finger then listens for insects moving under the bark. If anything is there, it rips off the bark with its teeth and hooks out the victims with its finger.

WELL-DEVELOPED NOSES Most insectivores, such as desmans, have poor eyesight but a good sense of smell, with snouts ideal for sniffing out insects. Aardvarks also have a good sense of smell. They have a piglike snout and nostrils surrounded with hair to filter out dust. FACTFILE MOLES ■ Moles live in Europe, Asia, and North America. They live in underground tunnels that they dig with their powerful front legs. Their eyesight is poor but they have an acute sense of smell. ■ Hedgehogs live only in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

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