A History of the Earth, and Animated Nature, Band 3

Wingrave and Collingwood, 1816

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Seite 268 - Then they would tumble one over the other into the sea. in the utmost confusion. And if we did not, at the first discharge, kill those we fired at, we generally lost them, though mortally wounded.
Seite 228 - The adroitness it showed in shearing off the wings of the flies, which were always rejected, was worthy of observation, and pleased me much. Insects seemed to be most acceptable, though it did not refuse raw flesh when offered : so that the notion, that bats go down chimnies and gnaw men's bacon, seems no improbable story.
Seite 321 - ... obscure murmur, like that of a squirrel, or a greater degree of displeasure by a peevish cry, especially in winter, when he was often as fierce, on being much importuned, as any beast of the woods. From half an hour after sunrise to half an hour before sunset he slept without intermission, rolled up like a hedgehog; and, as soon as he awoke, he began to prepare himself for the labours of...
Seite 267 - They lie in herds of many hundreds upon the ice, huddling over one another like swine ; and roar or bray so very loud, that in the night, or in foggy weather, they gave us notice of the vicinity of the ice before we could see it.
Seite 15 - ... three miles from thence. The Dog, without seeing the man he was to pursue, followed him by the scent to the above-mentioned places, notwithstanding the multitude of...
Seite 4 - ... he still continues humble, submissive, and imploring ; his only hope to be serviceable, his only terror to displease ; he licks the hand that has been just lifted to strike him, and at last disarms resentment by submissive perseverance. More docile than man, more obedient than any other animal, he is not only instructed in a short linn'.
Seite 380 - ... clothing; and they are capable of carrying heavy loads in the most rugged and dangerous ways. The strongest of them will travel with two hundred or two hundred and fifty pounds weight on their backs. Their pace is but slow, and their journey is seldom above fifteen miles a day ; but then they are sure, and descend precipices, and find footing among the most craggy rocks, where even men can scarcely accompany them. They commonly travel for five days together, when they are obliged to rest, which...
Seite 7 - Different in this from the wolf or the fox, who, though taken never so young, are gentle only while cubs, and, as they grow older, give themselves up to their natural appetites of rapine and cruelty. In short, it may be asserted, that the dog is the only animal whose fidelity is unshaken ; the only one who knows his master, and the friends of the family ; the only one who instantly distinguishes a stranger ; the only one who knows his name, and answers to the domestic call ; the only one who seems...
Seite 237 - Its head and nose are broad and flat ; the mouth bears some similitude to that of a fish ; the neck is short and equal in thickness to...
Seite 18 - ... fawningly against the breast of a man, who had attracted his notice among the crowd, and delivered the book to him. The dog immediately returned to the place where he had landed, and watched with great attention for all the things that came from the wrecked vessel, seizing • them, and endeavouring to bring them to land.

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