National Geographic : 1944 Sep
The rabbit's careful cousin HIGH UP on our western mountains lives a timid but resourceful little animal called the pika, or little chief hare (Ochotona princeps). Though closely related to the rabbit, he is smaller and greyish in color. And, in some of his habits, he is very different. The pika has many enemies. But the danger which threatens him most is hunger. During the summer, he can find all he wants to eat on the grassy slopes near his home. But in winter, these slopes are covered by deep snows for marry months. And, unlike many animals who live in severe climates, the pika does not hibernate. He needs food the year round. If the pika were as careless and improvident about food as his cousin, the rabbit, he would go hungry, as the rabbit sometimes does. But, instead, he pro tects himself from want by planning for the future. Toward the end of summer, the pikas become serious harvesters. All day they scamper back and forth from their rock-pile home to the weed patches and surrounding slopes, each returning with a bulky mouthful of grass. This food is stored for the winter in little haystacks under the rocks. Thus when the snow comes, the pika need only slip through his protected rock galleries to dine. Though it may never have occurred to you in just this way, man has a somewhat similar problem to that of the pika in obtaining food and shelter for his family and himself. The pika's instinct warns him that, at a certain time of year, he will not be able to obtain food in his usual manner. But a man never knows when his ability to provide for his family and himself will be taken away. At any moment, his earning power may be temporar ily or even permanently suspended because of injury following an accident. And so the careful man plans for the future by carrying accident insurance which will provide living expenses for his family, in case he should be laid up and will pay his doctor's and hospital bills, too. Since the chances are actually one in ten that you will have some accident within the year, consult with your local Travelers man to make sure you are carry ing sufficient protection. MORAL: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of in surance. The Travelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut.