Traits and Anecdotes of Animals

Traits and Anecdotes of 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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...after thirsts for it. So strong is this opinion in India, that an ofiicer, who was asleep with his left hand out of bed, was awoke by his pet lion licking him. Of course the rough tongue brought blood, and he tried to withdraw his hand. The lion gave a slight growl, upon which the ofiicer took a loaded pistol, from under his pillow, and shot him dead, feeling convinced that if he escaped then, he should never again be safe. The lion does not seem to be altogether destitute of those nobler sentiments which seem to belong to the human rather than the brute race. M. Felix, one of the keepers of the animals of the menagerie in Paris, became so ill that another person was obliged to perform his duty. A male lion whom, with a female, he himself had brought to the place, remained constantly at one end of his cage, and refused to eat any thing given him by the stranger, at whom he often roared. He even disliked the company of the female, and paid no attention to her. The animal was supposed to be ill, and yet no one dared to approach him. At length M. Felix recovered, and, ' intending to surprise the lion, showed his face between the bars. In a moment the beast made a bound, leaped against the bars, caressed him with his paws, licked his face, and trembled with pleasure. The female also ran to him, but the lion drove her back, as if she were not to snatch any of the favors from Felix, and he was about to quarrel with her. The keeper then entered the cage, and caressed them by turns, and after that often went to them, and had complete control over them. They would obey all his commands, and all their recompense was to lick his hand. A curious circumstance took place at New Orleans, in the year 1832, when a bear was let down into the cage of...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236793145
  • 9781236793140