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Welcome to the Library!

This is the place to read short stories, look at pictures, and have fun. We have a collection of short stories here, and many pictures to look at. If you want to read some poems, click on Mr. Squeaky at the bottom of the page. Or, if you want to read some skits, click on Mrs. Linda Squeaky.

Have Fun!

Here is a fact page about the capybara, one of the guinea pig’s relatives:
 

 

Facts about the Capybara

The capybara is the world’s largest rodent. They can grow up to 4 feet in length, over 2 feet in height, and weigh 140 lbs. The females are a bit heavier than males are.

Capybaras are semi-aquatic mammals, meaning that they spend half of their time in the water, and the other half on land. Because they have slightly webbed feet, they are very good swimmers. When a capybara swims, only their eyes, nose, and ears stay above the water. They can also swim fully underneath the water for up to 5 minutes.

Capybaras are related to agouti, chinchillas, coyphillas, and guinea pigs. Just like their relative, the guinea pig, capybaras have no tail.

In the wild, capybaras live for 4 to 8 years. This is also the lifespan of the guinea pig in captivity.  One of the reasons why capybaras do not live very long in the wild is because they are a favourite food of anacondas, jaguars, pumas, ocelots, eagles, and caiman. Capybaras can live for 12 years in captivity.

Capybaras are herbivores. They like to eat grasses and water plants. They may regurgitate their food and eat it again, like cows. They also have 20 teeth made for grinding tough plants.        

Newborn capybaras weigh about 3 pounds. They can stand, walk, and run soon after being born. They live on their mother’s milk for a few months, even though they can eat grass right away. When a capybara is around 15 months old, it is full-grown and can mate.


Time Travelling Guinea Pigs

 

I, Icicle Revrionsai, have a very amazing story to tell you. It was when three other guinea pigs and I went time-travelling. Believe me, it really happened. It all started on Friday last week.

It was really hot that day. Since I don’t mind the heat, I was working on my latest invention (I’m a genius) while the other guinea pigs were fanning themselves with pieces of hay. Water Lily, a very vain guinea pig, was even sitting in the water bowl to cool off. She could have just asked me to make her a portable air conditioner.

Suddenly, Water Lily jumped out of the water bowl, splashing water onto my invention. I heard a sizzling noise and then a loud crack! After that, everything went black.

The first thing I heard after that was Chestnut (another one of the guinea pigs) saying, “What happened to our cage?” I looked around. Instead of seeing bedding and hay on the ground, I saw snow. There were glaciers and snow drifts all around us. Suddenly, I knew where we were: we were in the Ice Age.

All of a sudden, I heard Capitori (the other guinea pig) shout, “Look over there! I see Icicle’s invention!” I scurried over to my invention and sniffed it. Yes, it really was my invention. When I was turning around to walk back to the others, I bumped my invention by accident. Then everything went black.

After that, the first thing I saw was sand. Sand was everywhere. Next I heard Water Lily screech, “It’s much too hot!” Then she picked up a piece of bark and started fanning herself.

“Let’s go in there to cool off,” I suggested. Water Lily zipped over to the opening and disappeared down a long, dark passage. “What will we do now?” asked Capitori.

“We’ll just go in after her,” Chestnut suggested.

We started going down the passage.

After a while, I called out. “Water Lily? Where are you?” There was no answer. “Capitori? Where are you?” Chestnut called. I turned around. Capitori was gone.

I decided the safest thing to do was split up. I would look for Capitori, and Chestnut would look for Water Lily. This was in case they had wandered off in different directions.

The passage branched off into 2 separate tunnels. I chose the left one, and Chestnut the right.

After a while, I heard, “Icicle? Is that you?” Immediately I recognized the voice of Water Lily. I was relieved to see her, though I was looking for Capitori.

When my eyes adjusted to the darkness, I realized where we were: a burial chamber in an Ancient Egyptian pyramid. Water Lily gasped, “An Egyptian sarcophagus!” She was pointing to the mummy case. Suddenly, I shrieked. Something was coming out from behind the case!

“Hi!” squeaked two friendly voices. I was relieved that it was only Chestnut and Capitori. We decided to go back outside. We were just about to pick up Water Lily (she had fainted), when everything went black.

The first thing I heard after that was Chestnut saying, “Why are there these funny little tents everywhere?”

“They’re tepees, actually,” I corrected. That’s when I realized where we were. We were in a Native American settlement.

On one side of the settlement there was a nice flowing river. There were some trees and bushes on the other side. The grass looked tasty, and I was about to take a little nibble when Capitori asked me something.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

“What’s that funny little thing over there?” Capitori asked me.

“What funny little-”I started to say. But it was too late. Capitori had already walked over to the thing (which happened to be a lever) and pulled it. Out of the sky, a greenish light appeared. An U.F.O came into view.

The enormous U.F.O landed on the ground. Naturally, I was scared. Water Lily fainted (again). Chestnut started chattering her teeth. Capitori bit her nails. Instead of aliens coming out (as we had expected) it was empty. I walked in cautiously, sniffing as I went. When I reached the other end, I motioned for the other guinea pigs to come in.

Once everybody was in, I started the U.F.O. It took off like a rocket. Since I’m only a guinea pig, I’m not a very good driver. Suddenly, a warning appeared on a screen. It said that Mrs. Revrionsai (our owner) was about to come home. I took off towards home at warp speed.

We passed through tons of different time periods while going home. Very soon, we were travelling faster than the speed of light.

In a flash, we were back in our cages at home. It was still hot outside. My invention had disappeared. I looked around for signs of it, but all I found were 4 juicy carrots.

I, Icicle Revrionsai, have learnt many things from that trip. But the most important thing I learned was this: there is nothing better than a carrot after a long day of time travelling.



 

 

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