The Zoologist; A Monthly Journal of Natural History Volume 2-3

The Zoologist; A Monthly Journal of Natural History Volume 2-3

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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. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...Newchurch; R. Loe has seen one or two " most years;" and there are two or three about this season. He has seen them of all sizes, from a month old to full growth. Loe has also killed one or two hares with the face pure white, the rest of the animal of the usual colour. The Rabbit abounds, and, as might be expected, breeds very early in the season. I have more than once seen half-grown young ones in the month of March. At Swainston, the seat of Sir R. Simeon, Bart-, a black variety exists in considerable numbers; and at Wacklands, the property of W. Thatcher, Esq., numbers of nearly white rabbits may be seen. These were originally turned out; but I am disposed to think that both black and white varieties sometimes occur among those that are strictly wild. I have seen both where it was the wish of the proprietor to destroy every rabbit on his estate; and on St. Boniface Down also, where it was hardly likely to have been turned out. The fishermen of Bembridge employ an ingenious method of jerreting rabbits. O11 the back of one of the small species of crab, commonly called king-crab, they fix the end of a tallow candle: this is lighted, and the crab is thrust, by means of a stick, as far as possible in the burrow of the rabbit; it is then urged to penetrate deeper by gently pulling a string attached to one of its legs, and the rabbit, alarmed at the approach of the lighted candle, rushes to the entrance of the burrow, and is secured in a net. The Red Deer. Bones and large portions of homs have been found in this immediate neighbourhood some few feet beneath the surface. Appearances were such as to render it probable that the animal was overwhelmed by a landslip. It must have been considerably above the ordinary size attained by...show more

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  • Paperback | 414 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 735g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236875141
  • 9781236875143