After reading Alexander Petrunkevitch's "The Spider and the Wasp," Heritage Academy students investigated predator-prey relationships and chose an example of a predator-prey that interests them. Then the students wrote an imaginative or informative paragraph that describes the relationship. Petrunkevitch is a Russian-American zoologist who gave most of his life to the study of spiders.
The Snow Leopard
By Duncan Smyly
It was a cold winter morning in the Altai Mountains in the western region in Mongolia. Snow softly made its way down to the earth, only being disturbed by the slight breeze that signaled the approaching blizzard. The Altai Mountains loomed high into the clouds surrounding the Cessor Valley. Pine trees covered the hilly region shielding the ground from the complete fury of winter.
Padding softly and stealthily on the snowy forest floor, the snow leopard searched for her next meal. She glanced to her right, looking over a small valley, yet she saw nothing. The cold, harsh terrain had left her hungry for over five days now, causing her to lose nearly half her normal body weight. Her stomach growled; pain fired throughout her body, which was screaming for sustenance. She halted to lick her paw that had been bruised when she chased a scrawny rabbit down a rocky slope the previous day. By now she was desperate for anything she could lay her paws on. After four hours of continued searching, she still could not find anything. By now she was on the apex of a hill overlooking a long open valley containing a small lake, which, on any normal year, swarmed with deer.