Posts tagged ‘Scarce’

What was a saber-toothed tiger?

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In the old Stone Age, there lived a bit cat, more ferocious in appearance than any known today.  This was the saber-toothed tiger.  It was not really a tiger.

But it resembled a tiger and had two long teeth curved like swords called sabers—which accounts for its name of “saber-toothed tiger.”

Sometimes its teeth were as long as 8 inches and could easily slash the thick skins of the large mammoths upon which it preyed.  Perhaps where you live today, saber-toothed tigers stalked their prey long ago.

They prowled most parts of the world and found plenty to eat in North America.  The last of them died out thousands of years ago.

Some people think they became extinct because their teeth grew so long that they could no longer open their mouths wide enough to eat.  But it is more likely that they died out when the big animals upon which they depended for food became scarce. – Dick Rogers

 

 

 

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What is a Yak?

 

Yak

The yak is the shaggy-coated wild ox of Asia.  There are not many places that are less pleasant to live in than the high, windswept plateaus of Tibet. The winters are bitterly cold and food is scarce.

Yet this bleak land, in which few other animals can endure, is the home of the yak.  The wild yak may stand over 6 feet high at the shoulders and weigh more than 1,000 pounds.

Its thick, woolly hair may grown so long that it may even drag on the ground.  Its heavy coat is good protection against the cold.

Despite its large size, the yak is as sure-footed as a goat on the sleep mountain-sides.  Some yaks have been tamed.

Tibetan people depend on the yak for their meal, drink their pink milk, weave their long hair into ropes and cloth and use yaks for pack animals. Tamed yaks are sometimes called “grunting oxen” because they grunt when overloaded. – Dick Rogers