Animate Creation; Popular Edition of "Our Living World" a Natural History Volume 1

Animate Creation; Popular Edition of "Our Living World" a Natural History Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...The dog, cheered by the voice of its master, succeeded at last in giving the Bear a tolerably sharp grip between its teeth. Incensed by the pain, Bruin lost his temper, and seizing the dog in his arms, squeezed the breath nearly out of its body, and was preparing to use its teeth, when the dog, which was rapidly choking under the terrible pressure of the Bear's arms, contrived to extricate itself by a sudden struggle, and ran away with piteous howls, leaving the Bear master of the field. The length of a well-grown adult male is rather more than eight feet six inches, and the girth round the body is equal to the length. The weight of such an animal is rather more than eight hundred pounds. Specimens still larger are sometimes killed, but the average weight and dimensions are as given above. The powerful claws of this animal are employed not only for combat, but in digging up the earth for various purposes, such as the search after various roots and bulbs, and the interment of some large animal which they have killed. The instinct for burying their prey is so largely developed in these creatures that they have more than once been deceived by the craft of a hunter, who, when resistance or escape was impracticable, has simulated death in order to disarm the wrath of the terrible animal. Thinking the man to be dead, and not being irritated by wounds, the Bear proceeds to scratch a pit in the earth, and to drag the unresisting prey into the hollow, and to cover him carefully with grass and leaves, pressing them well down, so as to conceal him effectually. Satisfied with its precaution, the Bear betakes itself to rest, and the buried hunter seizes the opportunity of slipping quietly away while the animal is engaged in repose. Grizzly Bears kept in...show more

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  • Paperback | 380 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 676g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236539869
  • 9781236539861