Wolf Pack; Mexico’s Crystal Cave; Dolphin Survives Shark Bite; Wax Attractions; Avalanche Rescue
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Pack Talk (cover story) — Believe it or not, a pack of wolves has a lot more in common with human families than you may think. They cooperate, play and squabble with one another, talk to each other and work together to make sure there’s food on the table. Mom and Dad expect their young to be respectful and will discipline them when they misbehave. When members of the pack get older, they leave the pack to find mates. Check out the article on page 14 and go online to kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/photos for cool wolf photos.
Crystal Cave — Like something out of science fiction, a cave in Mexico nearly 1,000 feet underground contains gigantic, icicle-like crystals that reach heights of up to 33 feet. The crystals grew out of the superhot water that once filled the cave. Molecules of chemicals that were in the water bumped up against each other for a half million years until the crystals became the size they are today.
Visit kids.nationalgeographic.com/almanac-2012 for more interesting facts and watch a cool rock art video on your smart phone by following the instructions in the magazine. Page 20.
We Are Actually Wax! — Hoping to spend the day with Justin Bieber, Neil Armstrong and President Barack Obama? That might be a little tough to pull off, but we have the next best thing: lifelike wax statues representing celebrities and historical figures. Visitors can interact with the wax figures at the 12 Madame Tussauds attractions around the world. Each statue so resembles the real thing that it is difficult to spot even the smallest differences.
Get a sneak peek of the statues and the process that goes into making them on page 24.
Dolphin Rescue — A young bottlenose dolphin narrowly escapes after being bitten by a 10-foot tiger shark off Brisbane, Australia. The bite is about a foot long, more than an inch deep, and runs from its eye and blowhole to its back. Trevor Hassard, director of a nearby beach resort, fears that the bite might have cut the dolphin’s windpipe, which connects the blowhole to its lungs, and that the wound could become infected. Time is of the essence as Hassard enlists the assistance of Sea World veterinarians to get the dolphin the help it desperately needs. Page 22.
Avalanche! — While observing snow conditions in a remote canyon of Idaho’s Smoky Mountains, expert avalanche forecaster Janet Kellam came face-to-face with one of nature’s furies. The whole slope beneath her broke apart and sent an avalanche and Kellam down the mountain. Once the avalanche came to a halt near the valley floor, Kellam immediately began digging her way out. See what happens next on page 26.
ALSO: Guinness World Records are broken on page 8, and animals do amazing things on page 12.
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