National Geographic : 1947 Jan
Anhinga's a stick-in-the-mud...for a good reason THE WATER TURKEY or snakebird, Anhinga anhinga, lives along the sluggish bayous and rivers of the Gulf Coast. Anhinga is easy to see when he's sitting in the top of a tall cypress before he goes fishing. But when he's swimming around in the water, where heisapttofindalotofenemies aswellasa good meal, it's practically impossible to see Anhinga, unless he wants to be seen. If he's frightened, Anhinga sinks in a flash, feet first. Then, when he comes up for air, he stiffens his sinuous neck, eases his head out of the water, sticking it straight up. To his most discerning foes, Anhinga then seems to be a dead limb sticking up out of the muddy water, ex actly like all the others protruding from the swamp. The water turkey's trick is typical of the way many living things, including man himself, fig ure out pretty effective ways to ward off trouble. But man, it seems, is the only animal able to go beyond these purely preventive devices and pro tect himself further-by compensating himself for loss that may occur when his best precau tions fail. He does this through insurance. With insurance, you can make sure that an automobile accident won't cost you your car, your driving privilege, your life savings, or per haps a big slice of your pay for a long time. You can make sure that an accident, which might stop your earning for a time, won't ruin your bank account or build up burdensome bills. You can protect yourself from loss or damage by fire, personal injury, theft . . . make yourself and your family secure against all kinds of living hazards. Your Travelers agent or broker will gladly tell you more about the flexible, unfailing protection of insurance. MORAL: INSURE IN The Travelers ALL FORMS OF INSURANCE AND SURETY BONDS The Travelers Insurance Company, The Trav elers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Company, The Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut.