National Geographic : 1948 May
When is it swingtime for a bittern? T HE AMERICAN BITTERN (Botaurus lentigino sus), despite his sharp beak, would rather hide from his foes than face them. To keep from being seen by a sharp-eyed hawk or other enemy while he's feeding among the reeds, he passes himself off as a cattail. He stands with his body stiffly upright, his head pointed to the sky. Even when the wind rustles the cattails and sets them nodding, Botaurus clings to his tricky disguise. As the reeds start swaying, the bittern begins to swing from side to side with the same motion-first with neck and head and then with his whole body. The bittern's reed dance is a good example of the clever ways that nature equips many wild things to dodge trouble. But at best these natural protective devices are only preventive. In providing protection for himself and his family, man has gone a lot further. He has figured out a way to keep trouble from costing him a lot of money and needless worry when it does hit home. This device is insurance; and what a weight of worry insurance can lift from your mind! A skid on a scatter rug may lay you up. But accident insurance will handle your medical bills and keep you going until you're well again. Through life insurance, you can make sure right now that your family will be taken care of no matter what happens to you. If you haven't brought your accident and life insurance up to date recently, we suggest that you see your Travelers agent right away. And while you're about it, why not let him check your other insurance, too? MORAL: INSURE IN The Travelers ALL FORMS OF INSURANCE AND SURETY BONDS The Travelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insur ance Company, The Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company, Hartford. Connecticut. Serving the in surance public in the United States since 1864 and in Canada since 1865.