Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon

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Thacker, Spink, 1884 - 540 pages

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Page 509 - The antler'd monarch of the waste Sprung from his heathery couch in haste. But, ere his fleet career he took, The dew-drops from his flanks he shook ; Like crested leader proud and high...
Page 84 - ... it is supposed that a shrew-mouse is of so baneful and deleterious a nature, that wherever it creeps over a beast, be it horse, cow, or sheep, the suffering animal is afflicted with cruel anguish, and threatened with the loss of the use of the limb.
Page 116 - He was brought up in the nursery with the children ; and, when admitted to my table, as was frequently the case, gave a proof of his taste by refusing to eat any fruit but mangosteens, or to drink any wine but champagne. The only time I ever knew him to be out of humour was on an occasion when no champagne was forthcoming.
Page 232 - ... (C lupus and C latrans), and from two or three other doubtful species of wolves — namely, the European, Indian, and North African forms; from at least one or two South American canine species, from several races or species of jackal; and perhaps from one or more extinct species"; and that the blood of these, in some cases mingled together, flows in the veins of our domestic breeds.
Page 15 - When disturbed, their leaps are prodigious ; but generally speaking, their progress is made not so much by leaping as by swinging from branch to branch, using their powerful arms alternately ; and when baffled by distance, flinging themselves obliquely so as to catch the lower boughs of an opposite tree, the momentum acquired by their descent being sufficient to cause a rebound of the branch, that carries them upwards again, till they can grasp a higher and more distant one, and thus continue their...
Page 152 - ... combing his hair with his paws : but the dragon-fly never stirred, and kept on chatting to Tom about the times when he lived under the water. Suddenly, Tom heard the strangest noise up the stream ; cooing, and grunting, and whining, and squeaking, as if you had put into a bag two stock-doves, nine mice, three guinea-pigs, and a blind puppy, and left them there to settle themselves and make music. He looked up the water, and there he saw a sight as strange as the noise ; a great ball rolling over...
Page 102 - ... strangers it retains its original mistrust, which in mature age is scarcely reclaimable. In a state of nature it lives singly or in pairs, fiercely attacking intruders of its own species. When several are confined together they fight each other, or jointly attack and destroy the weakest. The natural food is mixed insectivorous and frugivorous. In confinement individuals may be fed exclusively on either, though preference is evinced for insects ; and eggs, fish, and earth-worms are equally relished....
Page 22 - In captivity it is remarkable for the gravity of its demeanour and for an air of melancholy in its expression and movements, which is completely in character with its snowy beard and venerable aspect.
Page 152 - ... guinea-pigs, and a blind puppy, and left them there to settle themselves and make music. He looked up the water, and there he saw a sight as strange as the noise ; a great ball rolling over and over down the stream, seeming one moment of soft brown fur, and the next of shining glass : and yet it was not a ball ; for sometimes it broke up and streamed away in pieces, and then it joined again ; and all the while the noise came out of it louder and louder.
Page 9 - They worship the natural elements, and have vague and undefined ideas of some divine power which overshadows all.

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