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A Story From: Argentina
Read Time: ["6 to 10mins"]
For Ages: 5 to 7yrs., 8 to 10yrs.

A frightened Spanish girl forges a powerful relationship with a puma.
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Retold by Elaine L. Lindy. ©2005.  All rights reserved.


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The story is a legend.  History tells us that Maldonado's Spanish settlement was abandoned in 1540 and moved to modern-day Paraguay. Forty years later, the site was re-founded 40 years as Buenos Aires. It's also interesting to note there's a city in Uruguay (across the Río de la Plata, or in English, the Plata River) named Maldonado in honor of the heroine of this tale.

A puma, also called cougar or mountain lion, compares in size and strength with the jaguar. The puma can grow to over six feet long, not including its long tail. The female bears two or four young in a litter. Pumas hunt elk, deer, and smaller mammals. Because ranchers suspect them of killing cattle, pumas have been exterminated or are endangered in many areas.  (Encarta)