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Trained Fish

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Fish have niany times been taught te perforin tricks, and it would appear as if they had much inore intelligeuce thar is attributed to them. Mr. J. A. Bailej of circus faine once liad two brook trout in a small aquarium in his private residence that would jump out of the watei and take fíies held between the f orefingei and tlmmb and would also ring a little bell when they required food. They would ,-lso leap over little bars of wood placed about two inches above the surface of the water. It is a very simple matter to teach the fish these tricks. At first a little towei containing a tiny, sweet toned silverbell was fastened to the iron work of the aquarium with a piece of string attached to the tongue of the bell extending inte the water wherethe trout were. On the loose end of the string an insect or othei tempting morsel was placed, which the fish would at once seize, and pulling the cord the bell in the tower would naturally tinkle. After triis had been repeated séveral days the fish were left without food for some little time anti] they made the discovery that they could obtain it by pulling at the string te which the delicacies had been attached. This they never ffiiled to do ever afterward when they were hungry and as that was nearly all the time the little bell was constantly tingling as the fish were continually pulling the cord, and it was quite a pretty and novel sight.-


Ann Arbor Argus
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