National Geographic : 1942 Mar
The Bird with the Wobbly Landing Gear PITY THE poor Man - o'-War bird . . his land ing gear isn't worth a plugged nickel. And any aviator will tell you that landing gear is as impor tant to taking off as landing. Because the Man-o'-War bird has such weak ankles and toes, he would be practically helpless if he landed on the water or a flat stretch of land. In fact, authorities refer to his impotent extrem ities as vestigial. About the only way the Man-o' War bird can take off is by leaping from a high cliff or a branch at the top of a tree. But before you start feeling too sorry for this bird, you might notice how nature has compen sated for all the disadvantages he has to put up with. She has made him the world's champion soarer! Yes, the Man-o'-War bird can stay up in the air longer, and with less effort, than any other bird in existence. Some authorities even suspect he goes to sleep up there. The phenomenon of Nature providing compen sating advantages for birds and animals is a corm- mon one. In the case of man, however, Nature apparently felt that he could rely on his own brains and ingenuity. So, for the most part, we must sup ply our own compensations. Of course, none of us can avoid our share of the accidents and misfortunes of life any more than the Man-o'-War bird could avoid the disad vantages Nature has given him. But through in surance, properly written by a wise agent, we have found compensation for the misfortunes that we may have to suffer. No man can afford to be without the security of insurance. None of us are so lucky that we can take our chances without it. Why not talk to a Travelers Insurance Agent and find out if you're getting the fullest possible protection from this man-made buffer against insecurity? 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.