Biologia Centrali-americana ; Or Contributions to the Knowledge of the Fauna and Flora of Mexico and Central America. Mammalia

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editors, 1882 - Animals - 220 pages
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Page 94 - Canoa, that three Englishmen would scarce adventure to go in. When they strike a Cow that hath a young one, they seldom miss the Calf, for she commonly takes her young under one of her Fins. But if the Calf is so big that she cannot carry it, or so frightened that she only minds to save her own Life, yet the young never leaves her till the Moskito Men have an opportunity to strike her. The manner of striking Manatee and Tortoise is much the same; only when they seek for Manatee they paddle so gently,...
Page 93 - Horse, and 10 or 12 Foot long. The Mouth of it is much like the Mouth of a Cow, having great thick Lips. The Eyes are no bigger than a small Pea; the Ears are only two small holes on each side of the Head. The Neck is short and thick, bigger than the Head. The biggest Part of this Creature is at the Shoulders, where it hath two large Fins, one on each side of its Belly. Under each of these Fins the Female hath a small Dug to suckle her young. From the Shoulders towards the Tail it retains its bigness...
Page 2 - To pass from top to top of high Trees, whose Branches are a little too far asunder for their Leaping, they will sometimes hang down by one anothers Tails in a Chain; and swinging in that manner, the lowermost catches hold of a Bough of the other Tree, and draws up the rest of them.
Page 172 - They are as large as our Hares; but I know not that this Country has any Hares. These Rabbits have no Tails, and but little short Ears; and the Claws of their Feet are long. They lodge in the Roots of Trees, making no Burrows; and the Indians hunt them, but there is no great plenty of them. They are very good Meat, and eat rather moister than ours. There are great Droves of Monkeys, some of them white, but 1 This 'Indian Coney' is the rodent Dasyprocta agouti: lives in holes and is easily tamed.
Page 93 - Oars in rowing, instead of tholes or pegs. The Skin of the Bull, or of the Back of the Cow is too thick for this use; but of it they make Horse-whips, cutting them 2 or 3 foot long: at the handle they leave the full substance of the Skin, and from thence cut it away tapering, but very even and square all the four sides. While the Thongs are green they twist them, and hang them to dry: which in a weeks time become as hard as wood. The...
Page 93 - Cow is most esteem'd; but if old both head and tail are very tough. A Calf that sucks is the most delicate meat; Privateers commonly roast them; as they do also great pieces cut out of the Bellies of the old ones. The Skin of the Manatee is of great use to Privateers, for they cut them into straps, which they make fast on the sides of their Canoas through which they put their Oars in rowing, instead of tholes or pegs.
Page 13 - ... rapidly running away, throwing themselves from tree to tree. This monkey feeds also partly on fruit, but is incessantly on the look-out for insects, examining the crevices in trees and withered leaves, seizing the largest beetles and munching them up with great relish.
Page 77 - The Squash is a four-footed Beast, bigger than a Cat : Its Head is much like a Foxes; with short Ears and a long Nose. It has pretty short Legs and sharp Claws; by which it will run up trees like a Cat. The skin is covered with short, fine Yellowish Hair. The flesh is good, sweet, wholesome Meat. We commonly skin and roast it; and then we call it pig; and I think it eats as well.
Page 89 - Here are many Seals : they come up to sun themselves only on two or three of the Islands, I don't know whether exactly of the same kind with those in colder Climates, as I have noted in my former Book, they always live where there is plenty of Fish.
Page 75 - pisoti " is also fond of them, but cannot so easily catch them. He has to climb every tree, and then, unless he can surprise them asleep, they drop from the branch to the ground and scuttle off to another tree. I once saw a solitary " pisoti " hunting for iguanas amongst some bushes near the lake where they were very numerous, but during the quarter of an hour that I watched him, he never caught one. It was like the game of

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