National Geographic : 1942 Jun
This bird comes from New Zealand THE KIWI BIRD of New Zealand is no flyer. He has no wings. The Kiwi, or Apteryx, cannot dart through the air in quest of moths and insects. He cannot migrate with the warm seasons, or travel any distance in search of food. Being permanently grounded, he builds his nest of grass in a hole where he hides during the day, venturing out only at night. But, in return for all his disadvantages, Nature has endowed the Kiwi with a simple, easy means of gaining a livelihood. The Kiwi has very powerful feet. When he feels hungry, he goes into a sort of dance, stamping on the ground, making a rapid pattering sound. Some people believe that the worms, burrowing down below, hear the patter of the Kiwi's feet and think it is raining. Anyway, they come to the surface, only to be gobbled up in the waiting Kiwi's long, sharp bill. Nature has a way of doing things like that. She often provides compensating advantages to her creatures. Man, who is as devoid of natural wea pons as any animal, having no horns, claws, fangs, hoofs, or even a beak, has not been left to shift for himself, for Nature endowed him with brains and ingenuity that enable him to supply his own compensations. A man cannot avoid the accidents and mis fortunes that may befall him any more than the Kiwi bird can avoid being born without wings. But a wise man can, and does, make provision for the losses that misfortunes might entail. He does this through the device he calls insurance. Insurance can be arranged to provide for the losses resulting from accidents, fires, damage suits, and other misfortunes. It can be made to provide an income for you in your old age, or for your family in the event that anything hap pens to you. Unless you are positive that your present in surance program gives you all the kinds of pro tection you need, consult your Travelers agent, or your own insurance broker. You will find him competent, experienced, and able to advise you wisely. Moral: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of life, casualty, and fire insurance; all forms of fidelity and surety bonds. The Travelers Insur ance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Com pany, The Travelers Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut.