National Geographic : 1943 Sep
The bird that uses insect police H ANGING FROM the great ceiba trees in Central America are strange, sack-like objects about six feet long. Often, there are fifty or more on a single branch, swaying in the wind. They are the colony nests of the cacique, or tropical oriole. The eggs in these nests are looked upon as choice food by many of the cacique's enemies. In addition to the ocelots or forest cats, there are giant lizards and raccoon-like animals which are expert nest-raiders. And, being adept at tree climb ing, they can easily reach the eggs even at a great height. If it were not for the ingenious way in which the caciques provide themselves with a municipal police force, their chances of survival would be poor indeed. To secure this unusual protection, the caciques build their colony on the same branch that holds a large nest of tropical wasps. Although these in sects do not seem to be annoyed by the activities of the birds, they are aroused to fury if any in truder tries to push past them. And no animal, however fearless, would twice risk their vicious attack. As the cacique always makes sure that his police guard is between the nesting colony and the trees trunk, his home is safe. Only if the wasp nest should be destroyed or abandoned, would this police protection fail him. But, then his loss would be complete. Man also has police protection for his home against unwelcome intruders. But, in wartime, es pecially, with dimouts and a reduced police force, this, too, may prove inadequate. There is, however, one other protection man can have for his home, that will not fail him. This pro tection is burglary insurance which will enable him to replace the loss and to repair any damage done to his home when a burglary does occur. And, today, burglary insurance offers even broader protection than ever before. For it covers not only property stolen from your home, but personal property stolen from you anywhere in the United States or Canada. If you do not carry burglary insurance, or if you have not checked on it lately, consult the Travelers agent or broker in your own community. Not only do you need this protection more than ever before, but you may find that the policies you already own are no longer sufficient to cover the present, higher value of your property. MORAL: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of insurance. The Travelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut.