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Here are two short stories for you. Then scroll to the bottom of the page to find the link for more animal short stories from National Geographic.
A clever sea lion has a salmon feast in Bonneville Dam, Oregon.
Cecil the sea lion will do just about anything to get his fill of tasty salmon. He’ll even climb a ladder—a fish ladder, that is. A fish ladder is a series of water-covered steps that salmon swim up to get around barriers such as dams. Local sea lions hunt the fish at the bottom of the Bonneville Dam fish ladder. But Cecil figured out how to hoist himself up the ladder, where he could have his own private dinner party.
“It did look pretty funny watching this 500-pound sea lion climb the fish ladder,” says biologist Robert Stansell. “But we were worried his scent might scare the salmon away, and his big body could have damaged research equipment.” Scientists are now installing devices that blast high-pitched sounds underwater to scare the sea lion away from the fish ladder. Cecil may be a clever fisherman, but his fast-food days will soon be over!
This mysterious kangaroo showed up in Wisconsin farm country.
You expect to see a cow in Wisconsin farm country, not a kangaroo. No wonder Sheriff Steve Michek thought the first call reporting the stray Australian animal was a prank. But sure enough, hopping around a woman’s snowy yard was a five-foot-tall kangaroo! So how do you catch a kangaroo? Michek lined up gates and cars to create a wide path leading into a horse barn. “We used apple slices to help him along,” he says. Soon the marsupial bounded into the shelter, where he stayed until zoo officials arrived.
A HOPPY ENDING
How the animal, now called Roo, got to Wisconsin remains a mystery. “He may have escaped in transit from somewhere,” says Jim Hubing of the Henry Vilas Zoo, which adopted the animal. These days Roo is living a life of luxury as the zoo’s newest star. Sure beats hopping around in the snow!
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