A World of Wonders

A World of Wonders

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"[...]has devoted considerable time and attention to the study of the duration of life, assures us that the great eagle, and other birds of the larger kind, such as the pelican and ostrich, are very long-lived and of vigorous constitution. Specimens of the eagle tribe have been known, however, to survive in a menagerie upwards of a hundred years. Hufeland relates that a Mr. Selwand, of London, received in 1793, from the Cape of Good Hope, a falcon wearing a golden collar inscribed "To His Majesty, King James of England, 1610." The bird was supposed to have belonged to James I., and having escaped from its keepers, in order to avoid recapture, to have traversed Europe and Africa, to end its days in a state of nature among the Hottentots! Destiny, however, was not to be defied; and the prisoner was recaptured in its old age, and sent back to England. This incident probably[...]."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 202 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 11mm | 277g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507543859
  • 9781507543856