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March 2019 by V. R. Duin


It started out as simple play
that ultimately saved the day
for Ma and Pa, Sis, Boom, and Ba.
Even the farmers cheered, “Hurrah!”
(The Foxy Armadillos)

Wild animal surprises in Little Ray Children's Books offer reading enrichment for children and lead to animal appreciation in the real world.

It is not necessary to get up close and personal. The Foxy Armadillos provides fuel for conversation about wild animal appreciation, self-sustaining agriculture, loss of habitat and more.

V. R. Duin saw her first armadillo after ten years in Florida. Few people are aware of armored Armadillo Landlubbers. These nocturnal mammals live in wild, forested areas.

Development and recreation in wildlife areas bring people and animals together. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention give tips for travelers to Be Safe Around Animals in the wild.

Most wildlife sightings are thrilling and rare. Problems may be caused by nocturnal animals appearing during the day or by crazed and aggressive ones. A bite or scratch can cause illness or harm.

Aggressive animals can turn thrill into disaster. People can survive attacks. Spreading and flapping coats, holding equipment overhead, yelling, screaming and throwing things make people seem dangerous.

Animals may be infected with rabies or other contagious diseases. Report problems to animal control officers, life guards or rangers. Fear, protective instinct and remaining strength enable injured animals to attack.

Animals are major attractions at national, state and local parks. To volunteer, pursue a career or explore the wilderness through NPS, visit their Index. Families with fourth-graders can visit national parks for free.

Hefty fines and tragedies come with unnatural feedings. In some states, it is illegal to feed dangerous animals or dispose of leftover food in a manner known to attract them. Animal-proof garbage bins may be required.

Human food may not be good for animals. Large quantities, the wrong types of food and the wrappers are unhealthy for them. Freezing food wastes to eliminate odors may help prevent interference with their natural diets.

Animals do their best to survive and raise their young. Bold seagulls and pigeons steal human food. Alligators are known to snatch the hand that feeds them. The smell of food attracts animals.

Human life styles are unsafe for animals. They must retain fear to stay away from roads, airports and boating areas. Homeowners panic over wildlife in houses, pools, porches or garages.

Wildlife needs to stay wild. Visitors to wild habitats should observe posted warnings. Parks maintain information for enrichment and safety. Reading to children raises awareness about the animals sharing our world.

Safety bulletins should be explained to children. They may not appreciate animals after placing themselves in danger. Tours and tips inform people about their surroundings.

On safari at parks, visitors may come across rare animals. They might never again be experienced. Parks present facts about large and small animals that roamed lands and waters before people arrived.

Wild animals may not be as predictable as tame ones. During a beach or boating vacation, while camping at a park or in one's own backyard, it helps to learn how to react around them.

Rabbits are popular for backyard habitats. Bears, bobcats, foxes, jackals, porcupines, skunks or wolves may take over the rabbit patch. A bird feeder may lure raccoons, rats and squirrels.

Animals compete for food and survival. A fish pond may attract hungry birds. Feathery friends may be pushed away by bird-eating cats, hawks or owls driven by the natural food chain.

Rattlesnakes are great swimmers. If bitten, stay calm and call poison control. Panicking worsens the damages. In the United States, call the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

Beach guards know the risks of marine animals, tides and currents. They are equipped and trained to start rescue and treatment. Lifeguards are hired by amusement, state and federal parks.

Surprises are the nature of every beast. Carnivores on land and at sea are fast, strong and wily. They have claws, teeth and the ability to capture and eat meat. Animal survival is guided by their own needs.

Books carry readers closer to understanding behaviors and habitats. This window to nature may lead to career opportunities and sporting activities. Many people come to love freedom of life in the wild.

Negative consequences are not in Little Ray's books. Fly across the bay and confront sharks with Little Ray, then roll into dizzying animal surprises with the Foxy Armadillos, and be back in time for dinner.

Animals teach new skills. There's no need to crash like Foxy Armadillos to learn slight changes can make huge differences. Children are empowered by stingrays and sharks.

Children learn a lot about their place in the wildlife hierarchy. Food, fuel, shelter, medicine, water and other supplies and materials needed for human life come from nature.