The Forum Volume 62

The Forum Volume 62

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ... precautions a gorilla takes to safeguard his family. On these dangerous raids the young ones are left concealed in the jungle and only the adults engage in the venture, also before engaging in a battle with an enemy he invariably conducts his family to a place of safety and then returns for the combat, and unless very closely pressed or attacked he can scarcely be provoked to fight. Having placed his family beyond danger, however, he is a fierce and reckless fighter. It is also a well authenticated fact, of which I have personally seen the evidence, that the gorilla makes a fairly comfortable bed at night by plucking soft leaves, ferns, moss, etc., and piling them in a well chosen spot where he lies down in the same manner as a human being sleeps, while his family builds a rude bed of leaves up in the trees some distance above the ground. In this wise the father keeps guard at night while his family sleeps in comparative safety. Native genius has never yet devised a trap in which to catch an adult gorilla although countless efforts have been made by the most expert trappers and hunters in this part of Africa, and many white men have exhausted their ingenuity in the vain attempt to capture them. Hundreds of well authenticated instances of the gorilla's foresight, prudence and tact can be cited and scores of acts of which no other wild animal was ever capable, the chimpanzee, highest of all animals, alone excepted. THE ELEPHANT'S SMALL MENTAL CALIBER I7TTH the intelligence of the anthropoid apes, contrast TM the elephant, popularly supposed to be so intelligent. Taking a closer view of the home life and habits of the elephant, we readily discover evidences of a low intelligence that scarcely has one redeeming quality. Almost every detail...show more

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  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 376g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236753623
  • 9781236753625