National Geographic : 1949 Apr
Branta's born with a bag of tricks FROM THE TIME they step out of the shell, the young of the Canada goose, Branta canadensis canadensis, have a remarkable ability to fend for themselves. Young Branta takes to the water immediately, swims like a veteran on the first try. When alarmed by a swooping hawk or other enemy, he swims under water. And he has been known to hold to a stone to keep himself submerged, while the adults take to the air to escape. On land, the goslings use even a trickier device to keep from being seen. They sometimes thrust their heads into holes in the ground or into rock crevices. Once his head is out of sight, the rest of Branta's body blends with the color of the earth or stones, camouflaging him completely. And never do Branta's parents have to put food into his mouth, the way many birds feed their young. lie feeds under their guidance but also is able to forage for himself. From the way precocious young Branta takes care of himself, it's fairly plain that adult Canada geese with young families don't have many of the problems human parents do. Their fledglings are pretty well able to go it alone, while you have to care for yours for quite a few years. But the problem of making sure that there will be provision for your young ones-should you no longer be on hand to earn for them-is greatly simplified for you by Travelers Triple Protection Plan. This life insurance pays three times the face value of the policy the first twenty years it's in force-the time when your family needs the most protection. Ask your Travelers agent or broker about this unique, low-cost insurance-the policy that pro vides the greatest possible protection at the lowest possible cost. 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 insurance public in the United States since 1864 and in Canada since 1865.