3 Incredible Animal Stories in National Geographic Kids Magazine

natgeokids_february2011.jpgI’m a sucker for a sweet animal story. My friends send me every e-mail forward about hippos who befriend dogs and squirrels who are family pets. I guess that’s why I loved all the animal stories in National Geographic Kids magazine. If you have a young person in your life who loves animals, this is the perfect magazine.

Here are some of my favorite stories from the February 2011 issue:

Dog Loves Owl. When 2-week-old Eurasian eagle owl Bramble arrived at a bird of prey sanctuary in England, her first friend wasn’t a feathered flyer but an English springer spaniel named Sophi. For the past 2 years, the pair has been inseparable, even though their friendship would never bloom in the wild. (Owls prey on small mammals about Sophi’s size.) But these two look out for each other. Before the bird takes off for her flights each morning, the dog gives her a good grooming, including licking her beak.

Dolphin Plays With iPad. Apparently the iPad rage has swept the land and sea. Merlin the dolphin, who lives in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico, enjoys playing the game “Same, Different” on the device with his trainer Jack Kassewitz. After Merlin touches the screen with his beak, he’s shown a photo of a real toy. He then swims off to find a real toy match of whatever he saw in the photo. Researchers hope the iPad will improve communication between humans and dolphins.

The Seal Who Loved Me. The cover story of this month’s issue is all about one photographer’s encounter with a leopard seal in the waters of Antarctica. Determined to prove the animals aren’t the vicious beasts they’re portrayed to be in the movies, photographer Paul Nicklen spends five days in the water with a female seal who could eat him in one bite. The story is a fascinating and up-close look at this wild animal who at first asserts her dominance over Nicklen and then takes him in as a friend she protects.

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Shannon McRae is a work-at-home mom of three young children whose days are spent wiping mouths, playing Candyland, planning dinners and stealing time in between at the computer for her freelance writing. She's a stickler for healthy eating, with a slight exception for Oreos. She lives in Alabama with her precious children, loving husband and 13-year-old Australian Shepherd named Ricky Martin.

  • Nick@MindWareBlog

    The dolphin story is great! They truly are super smart sea creatures. Makes you wonder what they would say if they could speak in our language. :)

  • Marie Fuzzell

    Thanks for your comment Nick!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, Nick, for your interest in the story. I loved the idea of the dolphins communicating with iPads too. Animals are so much smarter than we humans give them credit for!

  • cquiroz

    Wow…I wonder if at the end finally Dolhins can comunicate to us by using the iPad…