The Life and Habits of Wild Animals

The Life and Habits of Wild Animals

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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. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ... deep in some tangled brake, and will emerge at night to enter again upon their course of rapine and destruction, followed by their satellites the cowardly Hyena and yelping Jackall. Birds of strange form and curious habits are met with everywhere, from the tall Secretary stalking over the plain intently seeking his usual serpent prey, to the industrious little Weavers, that 36 WOLF'S WILD ANIMALS. in noisy groups construct their massive nests all over some chosen tree. The rivers are the abode of numberless Crocodiles, that lie motionless upon their surface, or rest upon their banks and uncovered bars of sand, while great herds of Hippopotami sport within the waters. Thus on every side all forms of nature's handiwork are seen, in such profusion and endless variety as to cause some of the earlier travellers of those distant wilds to state that they bore more the appearance of some great menagerie, than the open tracks of a land where man was accustomed to dwell. Pre-eminent among his fellow quadrupeds, both as regards his size and his sagacity (which at times approaches almost to the dignity of intellect), the Elephant claims our attention above all the animals that have been referred to. Larger than his Asiatic relative, he also differs from him in many particulars, some of which are remarkable and peculiarly conspicuous. One is the immense ears which, when laid back, reach beyond the shoulders and cover all his fore-quarters, and when thrown forward conceal his body from the view of anyone in front of him, and give to his head the appearance of being provided with a pair of huge, leathery wings. Both sexes possess tusks, and the female has thus a great advantage over her Asiatic representative, which is devoid of these valuable and useful...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236588495
  • 9781236588494