Wild Beasts and Their Ways: Reminiscences of Europe, Asia, Africa and America

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Macmillan and Company, 1891 - Animal behavior - 455 pages
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Good book covering Sir Samuel Baker's overseas adventures during Britain's colonial era. A must for muzzleloading rifle fans. Don't miss the section detailing the time Baker used a handful of coins to shoot a buffalo at short range when he ran out of lead bullets.

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Page 18 - While thus Florinda spake, the dog who lay Before Rusilla's feet, eyeing him long And wistfully, had recognised at length, Changed as he was and in those sordid weeds, His royal master. And he rose and lick'd His wither'd hand, and earnestly look'd up With eyes whose human meaning did not need The aid of speech ; and moan'd, as if at once To court and chide the long-withheld caress.
Page 325 - The hyena tribe in general are characterized by possessing three false molars above and four below, all conical, blunt, and singularly large ; their superior carnivorous tooth has a small tubercle within and in front, but the inferior has none, and presents only...
Page 273 - ... though they may not be mortally wounded; but a buffalo is a devil incarnate when it has once decided upon the offensive. Nothing will then turn it ; it must be actually stopped by death, sudden and instantaneous, as nothing else will stop it. If not killed, it will assuredly destroy its adversary. There is no creature in existence that is so determined to stamp out the life of its opponents, and the intensity of fury is unsurpassed when a wounded bull buffalo rushes forward upon the last desperate...
Page 63 - Water, mud, and dust are the main "applications" used, though it sometimes covers a sun-scorched back with grass or leaves. Wounded elephants have marvelous power of recovery when in their wild state, although they have no gifts of surgical knowledge, their simple .system being confined to plastering their wounds with mud, or blowing dust upon the surface. Dust and mud comprise the entire...
Page 18 - ... parent ? My soul shall with thine In earnest and continual duty join ; How deeply, how devoutly, He will know To whom the cry is raised ! " Thus having said, Deliberately in self-possession still, Himself from that most painful interview Dispeeding, he withdrew. The watchful dog Followed his footsteps close. But he retired Into the thickest grove : there yielding way To his...
Page 47 - ... the shoulder. The head should be majestic in general character, as large as possible, especially broad across the forehead, and well rounded. The boss or prominence above the trunk should be solid and decided, mottled with fleshcoloured spots ; these ought to continue upon the cheeks, and for about 3 feet down the trunk. This should be immensely massive ; and when the elephant stands at ease, the trunk ought to touch the ground, when the tip is slightly curled. The skin of the face should be...
Page 261 - ... and exposed a clear surface of about 60 ft. Upon this were large rounded masses, resembling boulders of rock, which had resisted the progress of gradual disintegration. It was a picturesque and unexpected island — a huge rock rising suddenly from the deep water. The canoe drew near, and when within 20 yards the great boulders of granite began to move. I could not believe my eyes ; great masses commenced to unfold, and in a few...
Page 47 - ... towards the tail, which should be set up tolerably high. This ought to be thick and long, the end well furnished with a double fringe of very long thick hair or whalebone-looking bristles. The legs should be short in proportion to the height of the animal, but immensely thick, and the upper portions above the knee ought to exhibit enormous muscle. The knees should be well rounded, and the feet be exactly equal to half the perpendicular height of the animal when measured in their circumference,...

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