Vocablet of the Day: Inject

Many people are afraid of spiders, with their creepy-crawly legs and sharp fangs.  But it’s not the bite you have to worry about, it’s what comes with it….

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The scariest part of a spider isn’t its fangs (though those are pretty creepy), it’s the way they use them to force or drive a fluid (venom) into something — that something being your skin!

Tarantulas can be terrifying to look at because they’re hairy and huge — the size of a person’s hand!  But even if they use their big scary fangs to bite you, the venom they inject is too weak to do any real damage.

Have you ever been injected with the venom of a spider or snake bite?

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Vocablet of the Day: Appoint

When you think of a police dog, you probably picture a German Shepherd or other big, powerful canine, right?  Then this new member of a Japanese police department may surprise you!

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Though he may be an unusual choice, the chihuahua that was selected for a job or role on a disaster squad is fully trained and up for the task.

Big things sometimes come in small (and very cute) packages.

Some police dogs need to be large and strong to take down criminals.  Others need special training to sniff out drugs or bombs.  This little chihuahua may not be overpowering any dangerous people, but he’s smart and capable of the job he was appointed to do.

I appointed my pet cat to the position of “Vice President in Charge of Naps” in my house.  What other jobs can animals be appointed to do?

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Vocablet of the Day: Confide in

When you need someone to talk to, you might turn to your best friend.  Who cares if that friend isn’t human?

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Animal friends are always supportive and never judgmental, making them the perfect listeners to tell about a private matter while trusting them not to repeat it to others.

Pet owners know that a loving animal companion can make hard times easier to bear.  As an added benefit, when you confide in a friendly dog, you know your secrets will never be revealed!

It may seem silly to confide in an animal who doesn’t understand your words, but those who work with therapy dogs know that talking through problems is helpful, even if the “person” you’re talking to can’t talk back.  Do you confide in your pets?

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Vocablet of the Day: Relieve

Dogs have been called “man’s best friend.”  Their loyalty, playfulness, and love can help us to relax after a busy day.  But what if your furry best friend was illegal?

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The crazy modern world we live in puts a lot of pressure on people.  But in China, changing laws mean a new way to end or lessen something unpleasant such as pain or tension: pet dogs.

Doggie jail? Not anymore!

Having a dog as a pet was illegal for a long time in China, but not anymore.  Now, more and more people are learning that the faithful companionship of a dog can be a great way to relieve the stress and anxiety of daily life.

Do you have a pet that helps to relieve you of bad feelings?  What other methods are good for relieving stress?

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Vocablet of the Day: Hatch

Life is tough for many wild animals, starting from the moment they first set eyes on the world.

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Some animals need a lot of help from their parents when they’re babies, like polar bears (or humans!).  Others are on their own from the moment they come out of their egg.

Can you imagine a life with no parents, or any adults at all to help you when you’re young? That’s the way it is for iguanas.  As soon as they hatch, they have to figure out how to survive all by themselves.  Even then, only the strongest manage to live to adulthood.

Most birds take care of their babies after they hatch.  Why do you think there’s a difference?

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Vocablet of the Day: Display

Peacocks are famous for their brilliant, beautiful feathers — but do you know why those feathers are so important?

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If you’ve ever seen a male peacock spread his feathers, you know that it’s quite an impressive arrangement designed to please the eye!

Males compete with their beauty for the attention of the opposite sex. They spread wide and strut around to show off their amazing array of feathers — all to catch the eye of a to-be mate.  The more dull-colored females hold out until they find the male with the most fabulous display.

Hmmm… what other ‘animals’ do we know that try to attract a mate with an elaborate display.  Is it always the male who has the arrangement designed to please the eye?

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Vocablet of the Day: Teem

Life on Earth can thrive in the most surprising places, including on glaciers.

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These huge ice sheets look barren, but they're overflowing with life.

The smooth, white appearance of glaciers can make them seem completely lifeless, but look closer and you’ll find they become filled to overflowing with life.

Even in the harshest conditions on the planet, you can find places that teem with life.  Glaciers, huge sheets of ice near the north and south poles, have tiny ecosystems made of balls of moss that reveal these frozen landscapes to be teeming with life.

The teem-Glacier Mice Vocablet highlights one of the extreme environments on Earth that still manages to support life.

What other places on Earth look lifeless, but actually teem with microbes or other tiny organisms?

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Vocablet of the Day: Outfoxed

All animals have the instinct to fight for their lives, even in the most unexpected ways.

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In an ironic twist, a hunter was beaten by cleverness or trickery by the very animal he was trying to kill.

This little guy may look cute, but try to hurt him and you could find yourself in big trouble!

The hunter was outfoxed by, yes, a fox.  The fox was wounded, and when the hunter tried to grapple with it, the fox managed to pull the trigger on the hunter’s gun, shooting him.  The prey outfoxed the predator!

The outfoxed-Hunting Accident Vocablet highlights a strange but true story about an unfortunate man who was shot by the fox he had formerly wounded.

Do you know of another story where a human was outfoxed by an animal? Share it!

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Vocablet of the Day: Insulation

Ever wonder how a polar bear stays warm in Arctic temperatures?

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A polar bear’s fur is key to its survival, because it is a material that prevents or reduces the passage of heat.

Like a big, fluffy winter jacket, each individual hair provides insulation for the bear against its bitterly cold environment.  The only spots without insulation are the bear’s eyes and nose, which it covers with its paws to keep warm:

The insulation-Polar Bear snippet highlights the remarkable fur coat that keeps polar bears from freezing in their Arctic environment.  The hollow hairs trap heat next to the bears’ bodies, providing insulation against the cold.

Humans don’t have fur — what kind of insulation do we use to keep ourselves warm?

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Vocablet of the Day: Deterrent

Say hello to a creature that you definitely don’t want to encounter when it’s angry!

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If you’ve ever smelled skunk spray, you know that it works well as something that discourages acting or proceeding.

Other animals understand the deterrent of a skunk’s awful spray too — like this dog who prefers to sit by while a skunk steals his dinner rather than risk the skunk’s wrath:

The deterrent-Skunk Vocablet highlights the effective — and noxious — protective system that skunks employ when threatened or scared.  Even if you didn’t already know about the skunk’s reputation, the powerful deterrent of that chemical spray would send you running as soon as you caught a whiff.

Have you ever been “skunked”?  Or is the skunk’s threat enough of a deterrent to keep you safely far away from them?

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