The foxy armadillos and the farmers
March 2018 by V. R. Duin

WILD ANIMAL SURPRISES

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 provide reading enrichment for children and lead to wild animal appreciation in the real world.

To gain a sense of wild animal appreciation, it is not necessary for children to get up close and personal or experience unsafe wild animal surprises. For families located in shark or stingray territory, these amazing animals do not intentionally appear. However, people who venture into their territory should do so at guarded beaches. Guards are alert to dangers from marine animals, tides and currents. Moreover, they are able to initiate rescue and treatment operations. The beach generally provides a tranquil place for wild animal viewings. It was a stingray sighting from the shoreline that inspired V. R. Duin to write Little Ray Children's books, offering reading enrichment for children.

V. R. Duin had lived in Florida for a decade before she saw her first armadillo. Over time, she learned enough about these unusual animals to write “The Foxy Armadillos” for children. Armadillos are nocturnal animals that live in open or forested habitats. Their digging and burrowing can damage lawns and flower gardens. Wildlife and human populations are encountering each other more often today. Due to new housing development in wildlife habitat areas, many animals live with humans in densely populated areas. However, most critters prefer to go about their lives in places and at times when they are least likely to encounter people. Reading about wild animal surprises not only provides reading enrichment for children, it teaches them wild animal appreciation.

For most people, wildlife sightings offer thrilling wild animal surprises. However, the damage caused by animals attempting to share our living and recreation spaces, quickly can turn thrill into irritation or disaster. Surviving dangerous animal encounters requires keeping calm and trying to slowly back away. Look big and stand as a group. Yelling, screaming and throwing things may scare animals away. Children must learn to be wary of animals that appear at unusual times or behave in an unusual manner. These animals should not be approached or handled. A bite or scratch may result in serious illness or harm. Rattlesnakes should be given wide berth. If bitten, stay calm and immediately call poison control. In the United States, the telephone number for the National Poison Control Center is 1-800-222-1222. Panicking will only make the situation worse. Children, who are familiar with tame animals, must be taught that the reaction of wild animals to the presence of humans is unpredictable. Early reading, to avoid unwanted wild animal surprises, is healthy for wild animal appreciation. It also provides reading enrichment for children.

Nocturnal animals that appear during the day or animals that act unusually friendly, crazed or aggressive may be infected with rabies or another contagious illness. Unusual wild animal surprises should be reported to animal control officers, to life guards at beaches or to park rangers. Wounded animals should not be approached. They can be strong and frightened enough to attack and injure a human. Animals are an important attraction to national, state and local parks and recreational areas. Animals everywhere are doing their best to make a living and raise their young. They should be left alone. When they feel threatened, animals may move away from people. Unless it's a mountain lion, looking wild animals in the eye challenges them to fight. Standing tall, spreading coats and holding equipment overhead may serve to make people appear to wild animals as an imposing target. Wild animals are wired to chase prey on the run. Developing wild animal appreciation and an understanding of animal's needs can help children grow to accept wild animals and live in harmony with them.

To minimize the risk of conflicts, people should never feed wild animals. In some states it is illegal to feed certain wild animals or to dispose of leftover food in a manner that attracts these animals into areas populated by people. In many places, feeding wild animals can result in a hefty fine, for good reason. Unnatural feedings can create a public nuisance of wild animals. It is better for these animals to have a fear of humans, so they will stay at a safe distance. Bold seagulls and pigeons will snatch food from human hands. Alligators that are accustomed to feedings, may snatch the hand that feeds them. A large alligator can pull a human into the water and drown the individual. Inappropriate quantities and types of food may create health risks for wild animals. Early reading to understand the needs of wild animals provides reading enrichment for children and adults. It also helps everyone obey the law and avoid unwanted wild animal surprises.

The best way for children and adults to enjoy wildlife is to keep it wild and living in balance with all other species. Visitors to marine and land animal habitats should remain alert to warning signs posted for safety. Many parks and recreational areas offer informational materials for reading enrichment. This information teaches humans never to lie down and appear as easy prey to bears, coyotes, wolves or other wild animals. Animal safety information should be explained to children. It can keep children safe. It is hard for children to appreciate wild animals after unknowingly placing themselves in danger from them. Wild animal appreciation tours, safety tips and other educational opportunities keep people aware of and informed about their surroundings. Humans cannot outrun the most dangerous of animals. These programs offer safe ways for children and adults to experience thrilling wild animal surprises, while learning about the animals that roamed these lands and waters long before people arrived on the scene.

For example, Yellowstone National Park Service offers opportunities to view large and small animals. On safari with professional Yellowstone permit holder, Yellowstone Safari Tours, visitors are likely to come across such wild animal surprises as an antelope, bear, bighorn sheep, buffalo, elk, fox, lynx, mountain goat, moose, wolf or wolverine. Some wild animals are so rare that children might never again experience them as they grow into adulthood. Wild animal surprises during these tours may include sightings of some freshwater fish relatives of Little Ray and his shark cousin. Wild animal viewing tours at national parks, recreational areas and sightings in their own backyards help children learn wild animal appreciation. On a beach vacation, camping at a park or in a backyard, people need to know how to react to wild animal encounters. Taking a closeup selfie with a dangerous wild animal for posting on social media is a likely to stage for trouble.

Backyard animal habitats may be created to attract wild animals for viewing. Since different species of rabbits live in diverse climates located in deserts, meadows, mountains, prairies, sand dunes, tundras and woodlands, they are popular attractions. Nobody should be surprised when instead of bunnies, a rabbit patch attracts bears, bobcats, foxes, jackals, porcupines, skunks or wolves. Wild animals rarely follow human suggestion or live according to human plan. Hungry wild carnivores are likely to view people or their pets as nonthreatening meals. All wild animals live by their own instincts and are guided by their own purposes. Few wild animals thrive or even survive in captivity. They should be left in the wild.

Within the natural order, a fish pond may start out with colorful goldfish or koi fish, but end up as a stocked watering hole for alligators, crocodiles, seals, or water snakes. From these sightings, children will learn that wild animal surprises are the nature of every beast. A fish pond may attract hungry, migrating birds. After stopping for rest and refreshments, the birds may continue on their way, leaving no fish behind. Feathery friends lured to a bird feeder may be pushed away by bears, raccoons, rats, squirrels or other climbing creatures. There is a hierarchy of wild creatures. Virtually any animal can become food for another. Even those at the top of the food chain can become injured or die to feed others.

Books about wild animal surprises offer reading enrichment for children and carry young readers closer to understanding wildlife behaviors and natural habitats. Wild animals are all around humans. There are no negative consequences to the encounters in Little Ray's Children's Books. Beaches, boating, swimming, flying and rolling adventures make reading fun for children and set them on the path to wild animal appreciation. Wild animal surprises on land, in water or in the air can teach wild animal appreciation and provide reading enrichment for children. It can help them stay safe during unexpected wild animal encounters in the real world.

There's no need to crash like the Foxy Armadillos into trellises or into foxes to discover that slight changes can make huge differences in our lives. Children can probe the mystique of stingrays, sharks and armadillos in Little Ray's Children's Books. Children should start learning about the natural environment at a young age. Wild animal appreciation is not the only benefit of reading enrichment for children. While reading about Little Ray's animal surprises, children also learn a lot about their own place in our great world. Humans also are a species of animal.

Animal Surprise Comments

  • Wild Animal Appreciation admin says:

    The Foxy Armadillos is a fun read that provides fuel for conversation with little ones about wild animal appreciation, self-sustaining agriculture, loss of habitat, small changes making huge differences, teamwork and much, much more!

  • Animal Surprises admin says:

    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.

    • reading enrichmentadmin says:

      Reading to children creates reading enrichment and raises appreciation for the wild animals that share our world.