A Bear in the Forest
Body Systems Survivor Challenge
Necahual gets lost in the forest and encounters a ferocious bear. Here's how her body systems help her out while she runs from the beast.
As Necahual walked, she began to doubt her prior plan. When she pondered whether she should scream for help, she didn't pay attention to the forest floor much. If she had, the ending of this story might be very different.
Necahual tripped over a rock and fell to the ground. She sighed and inspected her now bleeding knee. Necahual stood and looked up to the sky, hoping that she would escape the forest soon. In one way, her wish was granted.
A few hundred feet ahead of her, Necahual spotted a dark silhouette. She started jogging and shouting out, "Hei! Watashi o tasukete!"
As Necahual got closer, she realised that the stranger was not in fact a human, but a bear. She stopped dead in her tracks at the bear's grunts of aggression and backed up slowly.
Then, it charged. Necahual's scream pierced the quiet in the dark of the woods. With no other choice, she ran and didn't look back because she could hear its pants and growls behind her.
Necahual ran and ran and ran until her legs gave out and she collapsed to the ground. Her heart beat rapidly as she tried to slow her breathing. Necahual took several deep breaths and looked up at the sunlight glaring into her eyes. With a grunt, she lifted herself up and observed her surroundings. The trees were smaller and less dense here, and even a few birds watched her from up in the treetops.
No longer could Necahual hear the bear, but she did hear...voices?! "Hei! Tasukete! Tasukete!" she yelled. Her throat was so dry it hurt to speak.
"Wareware wa kite iru," one voice responded. In a matter of seconds, three people approached quickly.
"Watashi wa, ushinawareta to kuma wa watashi o oikake," Necahual breathed.
"Watashi o hozon shite itadaki arigatogozaimasu. Ikimashou," Necahual stood and followed after the strangers who had saved her, grateful to be alive.
Some of the body systems:
The endocrine system controls bodily functions by chemical messengers known as hormones. These hormones are released from different glands and delivered through your bloodstream. When faced with a crisis, our bodies react by producing adrenaline, also known as epinephrine. Adrenaline is a hormone that increases your heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure and glucose levels, all of which would prepare you to deal with potentially dangerous or stressful situations.
The muscular system controls movement, maintenance of posture, and body position. When Necahual encounters a bear, she runs away. The muscular system works with the skeletal system. Most of the muscles involved in moving the body work in pairs. As they contract, muscles shorten, pulling against bones. Necahual's muscles allow her to outrun the bear.
The circulatory system transports nutrients, water, and oxygen to cells. It is also responsible for carrying away wastes such as carbon dioxide. During running, Necahual's heart rapidly pumps blood in order to supply oxygen to her cells.
Hei! Tasukete! Tasukete!=Hey! Help! Help!
Wareware wa kite iru!=We're coming!
Watashi wa, ushinawareta to kuma wa watashi o oikake.=I got lost and a bear chased me.
Watashi o hozon shite itadaki arigatogozaimasu. Ikimashou.=Thank you for saving me. Let's go.