By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn
Welcome to the Nile River in Egypt! As you slosh during the river financial institution and puddle-jump the marshy components, you could pay attention birds calling, frogs peeping and little scurrying sounds from the underbrush. The Nile River is stuffed with lifestyles, from Egyptian vultures snatching ostrich eggs to golden jackals gnawing on a useless rabbit. Day and evening within the Nile River delta, the search is directly to locate nutrients - and to prevent turning into anyone else's subsequent meal. all of the residing issues are attached to each other in a foodstuff chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, plant to insect, and bug to animal. What direction will you're taking to keep on with the nutrients chain during the river delta? Will you . . . Swoop throughout the air with an Egyptian slit-faced bat searching bugs? Stalk for frog dinner via thick reeds with a swamp cat? Scavenge for street kill with a striped hyena? stick with all 3 chains and lots of extra in this who-eats-what experience!
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A dead and decaying common reed frog. To . . the poop of an Egyptia vulture. To find out wha n t another Egyptian vulture is up to, tu rn to page 50 . find out what another common reed frog is up to, turn to page 47. Nile Crocodile (Crocodilus niloticus) 31 Sorry, that’s a log floating out in the river, not a Nile crocodile. This is a dead end. Nile crocodiles used to live along the whole length of the Nile River. They even swam all the way out into the Mediterranean Sea. But then the Aswan High Dam was built in the 1960s.
With a sniff, the female catches a whiff of a rabbit. She chases after it. Her mate waits. The female expertly drives the rabbit near him, and he launches himself at it for the kill. As the two feast on the rabbit, they keep alert. Other animals are always nearby, ready to steal their meal. And sure enough, after a few mouthfuls, the male jackal growls at something out in the darkness. The female stops eating at once and begins clawing at the dirt next to their meal. Together, she and her mate dig a hole and push the rabbit into it.
She can’t fit it in her mouth to crush it. And pecking it would do no good. Her beak would just bounce off the hard surface. But the vulture is a crafty one. She tries a trick she saw another Egyptian vulture do. She picks up a stone in her beak and bashes it into the egg. She hits the egg again and again, in the same spot, until the shell cracks. Then she slurps down the contents. Egyptian vultures are one of the only birds in the world that use tools. But their clever ways may be disappearing because Egyptian vultures are disappearing.