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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Saturday, March 23, 1974 Ask Andy SEA HORSES Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit, Students Encyclopedia to Robby Whitley, age 12, of High Point, North Carolina, for his question: Does the male sea horse really give birth? Baby sea horses are born alive and all ready to go, go, go. And yes, indeed, it is the male sea horse who gives birth to them. This is not merely a clever trick. The eggs are fertilized and the 1 embryos develop in a special pouch on his stomach. After a month or so, the frisky youngsters emerge in ones, twos and threes As a rule, the male sea horse is exhausted after giving birth to perhaps 200 or so live babies. It seems that nature selected the sea horse to prove that in the animal kingdom just about anything is. possible. He ranges from two to eight inches long and he looks like the armored knight from a chess set. Almost half of his length is a supple, prehensile tail which he coils around his sheltering seaweeds. He can turn and bend his horsy neck and his horsy nose is a tubular mouth. He can swivel around each of his turreted eyes to get different views of his watery world. These oddities are remarkable, but not nearly as remarkable as his sex life. For not only does the male sea horse give birth to live babies, biologists suspect that the developing embryos are supplied with oxygen and nourishment while inside his body. Throughout the rest of the animal kingdom, of course, these duties are allocated to the females. The family life of the sea horse begins when the female prepares to lay her eggs. At this time she grows a finger- Itjce organ called an ovipositor. Meantime the male prepares the roomy broodpduch which is situated on his bulging little stomach During a tail-entwining courtship, the female uses her ovipositor to deposit perhaps 200 tiny eggs through an opening in his brood pouch. 'After this, the carefree female goes on her way. The opening to the male's broodpouch shrinks to a tiny pore. The eggs inside are fertilized and nestle down to develop in the soft spongy tissue that lines its walls. For the next four or five weeks, the patient father endures a bulging tummy, full of kicking babies. The actual birth of the babies turns out to be a great ordeal. The sea horse jerks and bends his small body and when possible rubs his swollen tummy against a stone. At last the first tiny babe is pushed through the door. The weary father takes a rest but the laborious event has barely begun Between rests, he bends, jerks and pushes until his whole brood comes popping out in ones, twos or threes. When the last of the brood is born, the father collapses from complete exhaustion. Though each of his offspring measures only about a quar- ter of an inch, all are able to take care of themselves. When kept in an aquarium, the male sea horse often dies after his childbirth ordeal. In the sea he stands a better chance. It seems that he is more likely to survive if right away his pouch is filled with another brood. The poor male sea horse is almost always pregnant Andy sends a seven-volume set of The Chronicles of Narnia to Alison McBratney, age 10, of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, for her question: Why did the woolly mastodon vanish from the earth? The last of the mastodons perished from the earth about years ago but nobody really knows why they became extinct. They roamed around North America when the last ice age glaciers crept down from the north. The American Indians knew about them and may have hunted them. But mastodons were whopping giants and certainly the Indians could not have wiped them out. The long lost mastodon was related to the modern elephant. He was not quite as big as an elephant, but his body was thicker and sturdier. He had huge curving tusks and he wore a woolly coat. He was quite at home in the cold weather that came with the ice age. But when the ice melted and the weather grew warmer, his relatives departed one by one. Nobody knows for sure why all the mastodons were wiped out. But maybe, just maybe, they could not cope with long spells of summery weather. Questions asked by chil- dren of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS March 23, 1974 1845 Ontario's Conservative government was ousted on a confidence motion. 1944 Germany took control of Romania during the Second World War Goran on Bridge 1BY CHARLES H. GORKN Tftt TMMMt -.WEEKLY BRIDGE QUO vulnerable, as Swath you hoM: OQS4 -The bidding has proceeded: Nafta East Ssuth West Past Pass l 4> Pass 2 NT Pass What is your rebid? 2-As Sooth, vulnerable, you hold: 4k7 OU9SS432 The bidding has proceeded: East SMrtk West Nerth 3 Pass 4 4> DMe. Pass What action do you take? Q. vulnerable. as South you hold: 4.8 TS43 CJ82 The bidding has proceeded: SMrtk West North East Pass Pass I 4> I DMe. Pass What action do you take? for answers Your horoscope By tone Dhon SUNDAY, MARCH 24 Your birthday today: This year will see dramatic development in any reasonably organized program of self-improvement. Spiritual growth almost comes spontaneously you help it along with regular meditation. Material affairs thrive readily as you put in normal work efforts. Today's natives have an eye for the beautiful and are willing to contribute toward its maintenance in personal service as well as sharing of resources. ARIES (March 21-April This Sunday lends itself to mental pursuits, your favorite hobbies, light or minimal physical activity. It is also important to maintain connections. TAURUS (April 20-May A pleasant episode can be shared with those nearby today. You have to supply the energy that sets things in motion. Events don't simply happen of their own accord. GEMINI (May 21-June Instead of valiantly struggling to keep them busy this Sunday, try letting people be themselves and just watching to get to know them better. CANCER (June 21-July Although you may not be as full of vim and vigor as you usually are, you can get a great deal in the way of personal projects accomplished today. LEO (July 23-Aug. The analysis of past incidents yields surprising insight, stirs ,you to planning a more definite future. Information from or aHc'it someone you care for should set your mind at ease. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Assume a fresh start begins when you arise on this quiet Sunday, and strive to make it a good one. Avoid squabbles or quibbles over trivia. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Carry your full share of the community customs. There is little to do, no rush to do it. Much is to be gained by viewing life in the most optimistic terms. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. A few details may need to be corrected or brought up to date, but do not get anything started you cannot finish alone before the day is out. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Offer an early invitation, gather old friends to join in familiar pastimes. Let home life follow its usual patterns. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. Perhaps it's spring, perhaps it's your own serenely personal approach this is as good a time as any to announce new policy, a new status in your world. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Let your friends assume much of the leadership on this easygoing Sunday. Just go along for the pleasure of their company and enjoyment of the ride. PISCES (Feb. 19-March Subjective self- sustainment describes the mood of the day, although there is apt to be little solitude for exercises which stretch the mind. MONDAY, MARCH 25 Your birthday today: Brings on a long series of sudden inspirations. The problem early this year is sticking to a few ventures long enough to make real headway before you switch to something else. In the last two or three months the predicament is more of how to extricate yourself, without complications, from having taken on too many different activities. Today's natives have a keen sense of natural beauty, often a flair for selecting and enhancing examples. ARIES (March 21-April You could stir a difference of opinion with a careless word. Older people can be very helpful in deed while saying something entirely to the contrary. TAURUS (April 20-May Being patient with interruptions is one of those rare virtues you may have more of it than you had suspected, once you see a reason to hold on. GEMINI (May 21-June If you must act, go straight to the point. If you can divert the energy, something of lasting value is almost certain to come of it. CANCER (June 21-July Think of alternatives instead of forcing issues. Your friends contradict each other, so when you've heard them all, you still have to trace your own course. LEO (July23-Aug. Old friends, knowing your moods, can deal with you better than new ones. Family and relatives are inclined to be inconsistent in whatever they do or say. VIRGO (Aug. 23 Sept. In the course of today's work, you find facts and figures that had escaped you before and a clearer view of your prospects emerges. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Your natural tendency to avoid close identification with any particular category of people now helps you. Hasty moves are not favored. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. Traditional methods are that way because they work. A low spot in your lunar cycle is coming soon, so take it easy wherever you can, accepting no extra obligations. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Disagreements between partners are amendable to resolution, while a falling out among friends becomes more acute. Stick with conservative approaches. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. Select well established routines, neglected items for today's major effort. Personal factors enter, getting in the way of pursuit of career. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. Theory again lacks the essential subjective components needed for solution of today's tangles. Temptations to abrupt extremes are to be resisted. PISCES (Feb. 19-March The unexpected detail crops up in practically everything you try to do today. Fluent co-operation is available on all sides for a reasonable asking. 1974, The Chicago Tribune 600P 6fiEF! UlHAT MAPPENEP to I HATE WHO OPTIONS! SHORT MBS SLADIA1DRS HAVE 30NEOUTON STRIKE. THEVBF PRINGE A HOSPITAL PLANA HI AND LOIS I WISH I COULD SAX THAT..EVERy TIME I HAVE ANY SPARE TIME YOUR MOTHER HANPS ME THE JOB JAR THERE'S KIOTHIN6 TO DO WHAT'S A JOB JAR? ITS A JAR YOUR MOTHER FILLED WITH SLIPS OF PAPER LISTING ALL THE JOBS AROUND THE HOUSE THAT HAVE TO BE CONE T WONDER IF SHE'D AAAKE ME A PLAY BUGS BUNNY YOUK DO6 HAS BEEN IN MYSAtePEfsJ AMP MY R.OWERS! MO, BUT LOOK AT HIM! HIS PAWS ARE PIRTY AMP OF MY FLOWERS) -r IS IN HIS MOUTH i RJPPSY, YA GOT SUSPICIOUS MATURE.1 BLONNE IT'S FOR YOU, DON'T YOU I'M SORRY--ME CANTCOME NOW HE'S READING HIS BREAKFAST J fV THAT'LL BE A WHEN ARE SHOKT YOU GOING I NOT A MECHANIC-' r PLENTY WHILE SOMETIMES I TO OIL THAT SQUEAKING FAN IT WILL DRIVE ME HUM THE HOMBLE AU. I CAM DO 16 OMLY (N rrs TO RESUME OR NOT is the question plaguing many Americans as Sen. Sam Ervin (left) and Sen. Howard Baker both of the Senate Watergate Committee, discuss whether or not to continue the controversial probe into Watergate. Some spokesmen say that despite a 4-3 vote supporting the bearings'' resumption, the committee may postpone farther action pending developments from other federal investigations. in WRONG HOUSE, TOMBSTONE JAKE. WE IS HAVIN" A PARTY. NEVAH TMASSTH' TIME TO DECIDE EPV-TAPH. LUCK NOT MONOCUJ? ATTAPOYJ WELCOME 8KK 1DWWORLP OF m COMMON, HOMESPUN, JUST-rUIN-FDLKS TVPE INPJANSI ;