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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 1HE lETKBSICGE HERALD Salurday, March 31, 1973 Ask Andy Your horoscope By JEANE DIXON The ungulates Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Stu- dents Encyclopedia to Dan Seubert, age 12, of Eugene, Oregon, for his question: Which is the smallest hooved animal? The term "ungulate" is coin- ed from an older word for which explains why the wondrous group of hooved ani- mals are called tiie ungulates. They range in size from the largest of all land animals to an assortment of bouncy little felloivs about as big as rabbits. As a general rule, the ungulates are strict vegetarians, though some of the midgets of the group sometimes help them- selves to a grasshopper. A search for Uie smallest hooved animal might keep us busy for years. Most of the time Tvould be spent in the tropics, where many of the deer-sized ungulates browse among the Controversial play opens TORONTO (CP) -Hie first English production of a play by a widely-acclaimed Quebec au- thor who won't let his plays be produced in English in Quebec opens Tuesday at the St. Law- rence Centre. Les Belles Sis- ters-in-Law in English by JEchel Tremblay, was first frowned upon by Quebec's cul- tural establishment but now is part of the drama curriculum of Quebec schools. It tells of 15 women and their ambitions, frustrations, backbit- ing and larceny when one of them wins a million trading stamps. Monique Mercure plays the role of Rose Ouimet and is the only actress to play in both the English production and one of the early French productions. The attractive, dark eyed widow of late Canadian com- poser Pierre Mercure has just finished a four-week run play- ing the lead in Euripides' Eiec- tra at the St. Lawrence Centre. Hunters fined ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE (CP) Four Calgary men rraed each in provin- cial magistrate's court on charges of violating the Pro- vincial Wildlife Act. Jim Culling, William Vigar trad George and Kevin Stcros- zik also lost their big-game hunting privileges {or a year after 32 quarters of meat, most- ly elk, weighing about pounds were confiscated. trees. The pigmy ungulates live! deep in the jungles and though there are many ol them, they are rarely seen., Several spe- cies are rabbit-sized and select- ing the smallest could be an exasperating task. The frisky midgets use remarkable skill and determination to stay out of sight and avoid capture. Several pigmy antelopes live cunningly concealed In the jun- gles of. Africa and one of these is said to be the smallest of all ungulates. He is the roy- al antelope, standing all of eight inches tall at shoulder level. He has a mousy-type face and ears. His body looks somewhat like a mini-chihuahua dog, ex- cept that his feet have hooves instead of claws. The little king is crowned with a tuft of stiff hair, standing up between two small spikey horns. Also in Africa live Die stein- boks and grysboks, tlie sunis and the dik-diks. They are shy, frisky little pigmy antelopes that average about 12 inches at shoulder level. The klipsprin- ger is an inch or so taller but he rates as the bounciest and the raost irresistible charmer of this group. The duikers belong to anoth- er group of small African un- gulates. The nanre "duiker" means "diver." When an ob- server approaches, they dive into the jungle shrubbery and disappear before you can blink. They are classed with the liooved cattle and the smallest duikers arc the smallest the bo vines. So far our search has kept us within the bounds of Africa, the home of almost all the world's antelopes and the majority of other wild ungu- lates. However, there is a very small hooved animal in the New World. He is the pudu, also known locally as the pudu- pudu. He is at home on the forest slopes of the western Andes all the way from. Colombia to the south of Chile, Some his kintolk live on the offshore islands. The pudu is the smallest o5 the deer-type ungulates. The proud little stag is about as big as a small terrier. The smaller female is 12 inches tall. She is about the same size as most ol the pigmy antelopes. At the other end of the deer scale stand the mighty moose, standing seven feet nine inches at shoulder level and weighing up to pounds. No, Jic is not the largest ungulate. Strange to say, the elephant may be rated among the hooved animals. The giant is bush elephant, ten feet tall and six tons heavy. Questions asked by children ol Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 755. Hnntlcgton Beach, California 92HS. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) GOREN ON BRIDGE CHARLES H. GOREN e UTT, TIM TrjMM WEEKLY BRIDGE QUIZ Q, r Neither vulnerable, is South you hold: AJ2 075 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 1 <9 Pass 1 A Pass 2 Pasi 2