Wonders of Wild Nature

Wonders of Wild Nature

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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. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...pairing season, but rarely, I venture to think, a fight to the death between such sociable creatures as kittiwakes. One morning whilst my friends and I were looking for a peregrine falcon's eyrie in a wee cove we saw two kittiwake gulls engaged in a desperate battle. The stronger bird drove its adversary down from the clifi"s into the sea and there deliberately held its head under water until it was drowned and floated away upon the tide a pathetic bundle of dishevelled lifeless feathers. The position and distance of the combatants from us rendered impossible all chance of giving assistance to the murdered bird, and we were compelled to remain passive spectators of the relentless tragedy.. The only quadrupeds I saw upon the islands were common brown rats and rab-' bits, and they were certainly both there in great strength. One afternoon whilst walking from the farm-house to the western end of the island, where I had left my apparatus, I heard a rabbit screaming amain. Aware that there were neither stoats nor weasels on the island, I was curious to know what was wrong with the distressed animal. Guided by the sound of its screams, I made for the place and was astonished to see a large rat savagely attacking a half-grown bunny. The latter was vainly trying to get away, but turn, twist or double as it would its aggressor followed it up with bloodthirsty persistency. Finally he leaped upon it, fastened his teeth by the top of the shoulder-blade, and held on like a ferret even when dragged head over heels into a pool of water. To my unutterable regret there was neither stick nor stone within reach. I tried to creep up stealthily and kick the murderer, but he was too quick for me, and darted into a hole near at hand. The unfortunate...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236907256
  • 9781236907257