Animals: Feathered Matador

The Mexican road runner is a long-beaked, shaggy-feathered bird about the size of a partridge. The road runner is death on rattlesnakes, and tall tales are told of its prowess: that it traps its victim in a ring of cactus, hops in and out, pecking holes in the snake's hide, then plants cactus barbs in the wounds until the rattler is as dead as St. Sebastian.

Last week a full-length documentary film on Mexican animals, produced by Brothers Stacy & Horace Woodard, made the road runner-rattlesnake story a little less tall but no less...

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