Travels Through Various Provinces of the Kingdom of Naples in 1789

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T. Cadell, jun. and W. Davies, 1795 - Aloe - 527 pages
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Page 395 - It watches for its prey, either upon the ground, or between the branches of a tree, and ufually feizes it at the very firft fpring, even though it be on full fpeed ; and from its ambufcade amongft the branches it fuccefsfully darts upon birds that are upon the wing. When it has killed fuch a large animal as a wild boar, or a roe-buck, it firft fucks the blood out of the arteries, which feems to be its favourite food ; after which it devours the foft parts of the head, neck, fhoulders, and legs, together...
Page 397 - This animal i? feldom to be taken alive, except whilft very young, when it is frequently found playing upon the grafs near the trees, or ftraying about the country in queft of its mother. It is fometimes taken in traps, but is generally Ihot.
Page 396 - ... filent. The female goes two months, and then brings, forth two young ones, which are generally of different fexes. • She fuckles them during two months ; and the young ones require two years to grow, and be fit for pairing. It has been obferved here, that the lynx generally attains the age of twenty years.
Page 394 - I was aflured, that the moment a lynx was brought into the houfe, all the cats difappeared, and were feen no more during that animal's abode there. The lynx bears the privation of its freedom only fo long as it is allowed to wander about the houfe; all thofe which the baron fent to the royal menagerie having foon...
Page 394 - Tomafetti allured me that it ran about the houfe like a cat, was much attached to them, and was in no wife inconvenient, except from its extraordinary curiofity. Not a corner in the houfe, nor a moveable therein, remained unvifited ; and a female loft its life by jumping down the hole in the privy.
Page 395 - ... from its attacks. It watches for its prey, either upon the ground, or between the branches of a tree, and ufually feizes it at the very firft fpring, even though it be on full fpeed ; and from its ambufcade amongft the branches it fuccefsfully darts upon birds that are upon the wing. When it has killed fuch a large animal as a wild boar, or a roe-buck, it firft fucks the blood out of the arteries, which feems...
Page 397 - The attachment fubfifting between a couple is remarkable; for when one lies dead upon the ground, and the hunters have retired to a certain diftance, the other approaches its comrade, looks at it, goes round it, lies down by it, goes away, and returns feveral times, until it appears to have loft all hope of its being only afleep. The lynx furnifhes man with a very warm and ufeful fkin; and fome profit arifes from its fat and gall.
Page 393 - Abruzzo is of a darker colour, is from eighteen to twenty inches high, and from twentyfour to twenty-feven inches in length, to the root of the tail, which is four inches long. The male is larger than the female. The colour is whitifh, with fpots like ftars, of a reddifh yellow, inclining to a yellow gold colour.
Page 392 - ... of lynx peculiar to the provinces of Abruzzo. It is frequently met with in the woods of Abruzzo .Ultra, where it is called II Gatto Pardo, and is fmaller than a fort that is not...
Page 395 - Its favourite place of abode is amongft thick and extenfivc forefts, and in folitary diftrifts, where it makes its retreat in hollow trees, or in holes and clefts in the rocks. It pairs only once a year, at the beginning of fpring; and contrary to the cuftom of cats, which celebrate their nuptials with hideous cries, it remains perfectly filent.

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