Stories about Animals

Stories about Animals

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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. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ... Mr. Pindar, who had been watching close at hand, came up, and saw a weasel quietly running away, apparently unhurt. On turning the bird over, it was found that the weasel had eaten a hole through the skin under the wing, and torn through the large blood-vessels. Weasels are very kind to their young, and if a dog comes near their nest, they'll attack him, and even a man, with the greatest boldness. The nest is made of dried grass and soft leaves. Sometimes in a warm, comfortable, hollow old tree; sometimes in a snug hole in a bank. There is a sort of weasel called the ermine. Observe the picture. You see that the animal has a different jacket in the winter from that which he has in the summer. Some say that the brown hair of summer turns to white in the winter, the whole being of the purest white at that season, except a black tip at the end of the tail. But others say that new hairs grow. Captain Ross tried an experiment upon another animal, which led him to form the opinion that the fur is actually blanched. He put it on deck in a cage on a bitterly cold morning, and at the end of a week it was nearly all white. But this cruel experiment, after all, proves little or nothing. Perhaps the whiteness was due to fright, as when men's hair has turned white in a single night. Mr. Wood quotes an excellent story of a lady who took a fancy to a weasel. The tale shows how much may be done by children in taming animals, if they are always tender and kind to them. I will read it to you. After you have heard it you will learn what stupid notions ignorant people have about wild animals, and what needless sufferings the poor animals have to endure in consequence. "If I pour some milk into my hand," says this lady, "it will drink a good...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236820126
  • 9781236820129