The animal kingdom arranged in conformity with its organization, Volume 4 (Google eBook)

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Printed for G. B. Whittaker, 1827 - Zoology
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Page 210 - ... but principally when the herds are assembled in countless multitudes, so that an alarm cannot spread rapidly and open the means of flight, they are pressed against each other, and their anxiety to escape impels them to bound up in the air, showing, at the same...
Page 209 - Africa, and assembles in vast flocks during its migratory movements. " These migrations, which are said to take place in their most numerous form only at the intervals of several years, appear to come from the north-east, and in masses of many thousands, devouring, like locusts, every green herb. The lion has been seen to migrate, and walk in the midst of the compressed phalanx, with only as much space between him and his victims as the fears of those immediately around could procure by pressing...
Page 452 - All that is known on this point with certainty is, that when these animals perceive a ship at sea, they rush in a crowd before it, surround it, and express their confidence by rapid, varied, and repeated evolutions ; sometimes bounding, leaping, and...
Page 65 - ... others of the same class the tushes are so long as to protrude from the mouth, curving downwards and backwards with an elegant sweep. In one variety, an animal called by Cuvier the Kanchil, proverbial both for its swiftness and cunningness, it is said, " that when closely pursued by dogs the creature will sometimes make a bound upwards, hook itself on a branch of a tree by means of its crooked tusks, and there remain suspended till the dogs have passed beneath...
Page 152 - It differed in gait from every other land or water animal, and waddled in a remarkable manner ; each leg did not move alternately, but those on the right side moved together, independently of the other, and those on the left in the same manner, so that each side was alternately elevated. This animal was so...
Page 337 - ... wideness ; his girth, or chest, full and deep, and instead of a hollow behind the shoulders, that part, by some called the fore-flank, should be quite full; the back and loins broad, flat, and straight, from which the ribs must rise with a fine circular arch ; his belly straight ; the quarters long and full, with the mutton quite down to the hough, which should neither stand in nor out ; his twist...
Page 150 - No. 687. tion so obvious that it did not escape the notice of the antients; but, he adds, that the pedunculated form of the frontal process, in the shape of horns, recals that character in the Muntjak deer, while the stiff hairs which crown their summits seem to want only the gluten to cement them into true horns and embody it in systematic arrangement with the Cavicornia. From...
Page 40 - ... his back, makes his pillow of his side, and his shelter of him against the whirlwind of sand. Couched in a circle around him, his camels form a fence, and in battle an intrenchment behind which his family and property are obstinately, and often successfully defended.
Page 74 - ... a trot to a gallop. It does not leap, but steps without effort over a fallen tree, a gate, or a split fence. During its progress it holds the nose up, so as to lay the horns horizontally back. This attitude prevents its seeing the ground distinctly, and as the weight is carried very high upon...
Page 394 - ... herds keep close together, so that the driver, if necessary, walks from the back of one to the other, perfectly at his convenience. The females are dangerous, while they nurse their calf. In Italy, it is asserted that Buffaloes are again become wild • the domestic, however, both there and in Hungary, are managed by means of a ring passed through the cartilage of the nose : in India, it is a mere rope. The practice is ancient, and it would seem that the Sclavonic Wenden, brought Buffaloes with...

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