From Xplor for Kids
March 2016 Issue

Predator Vs. Prey: Bobcat vs. Wild Turkey

Publish Date

Mar 01, 2016

The struggle to survive isn't always a fair fight. This Issue: Wild Turkey vs. Bobcat

Super Senses

Turkeys have amazing eyesight and see in color. A wide range of vision allows them to detect any movement. Turkeys have great hearing, too, even though they don’t have outer ears.

Fly Like an Eagle

The wild turkey can fly as fast as 55 miles per hour — about as fast as a car on the highway. They can run at an unbelievable 25 miles per hour.

Patient Predator

Timing is everything for the bobcat, nature’s silent stalker. It closes the distance on prey before pouncing — the key to a successful ambush.

Claws for Alarm

Bobcats keep their claws tucked into their paws to keep them razor sharp. When the cat pounces, it unsheathes its terrible toenails and hooks them into prey.

And the winner is…

The stealthy bobcat pounced, but only snagged a few feathers. Gobblers are hard to catch and make up only a small portion of a bobcat’s diet, which is mostly rabbits and mice.

Also in this issue

Get Out!

Don't miss the chance to discover nature at these fun events!

Into the Wild: Marsh

Life squishes out of every soggy corner in a marsh. To see it in action, pull on your mud boots and head into the wild.

Nature Myths Busted

April Fools is right around the corner, but that’s no reason to get fooled. Let’s shed light on some long-lived nature myths.

Life Size

From burly bears to tiny birds, Missouri’s critters come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Strange but True

Your guide to all the unusual, unique, and unbelievable stuff that goes on in nature.

How To: Dye Some Wild-Colored Eggs

Here’s how to dye chicken eggs to look like the ones laid by crows, cardinals, and robins.

This Issue's Staff:

Brett Dufur
Les Fortenberry
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Angie Daly Morfeld
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White

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