The Gardens and Menagerie of the Zoological Society Delineated, Volumen1

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Página 164 - This pause was sometimes followed by changing the position of the material 'judged,, and sometimes it was left in its place. After he had piled up his materials in one part of the room (for he generally chose the same place), he proceeded to wall up the space between the feet of a chest of drawers, which stood, at a little distance from it, high enough on its legs to make the bottom a roof for him, using for this purpose dried turf and sticks, which he laid very even, and filling up the interstices...
Página 241 - The prime parts of eight or ten skins make a complete suit of clothing for a grown person, which is so impervious to the cold, that with the addition of a blanket of the same material, any one so clothed may bivouac on the snow with safety, and even with comfort, in the most intense cold of an arctic winter's night.
Página 11 - Chile, and, consequently, subjected, in its own country, to the effects of a low temperature of the atmosphere, against which its thick coat affords an admirable protection, it was thought necessary to keep it, during the winter, in a moderately warm room, and a piece of flannel was even introduced into its sleeping apartment, for its greater comfort ; but this indulgence was most pertinaciously rejected, and, as often as the flannel was replaced, so often was it dragged by the little animal into...
Página 38 - The top of the head is of a greenish-yellow, mingled with a slight tinge of black, and the neck, back, and sides, are of a deep chestnut brown, passing downwards as far as the shoulders and haunches, where it changes into a dusky slate colour, which is continued on the limbs and tail. The latter organ is considerably longer than the body, and has, on each side of its base, a very remarkable white spot. The under surface of the body, and the inside of the limbs, are of a pure and delicate white, separated...
Página 146 - The mansion of the Rajah of Bootan," says Captain Turner, " stood upon the right ; on the left was a row of wooden cages, containing a number of large dogs, tremendously fierce, strong, and noisy. They were natives of Thibet, and whether savage by nature, or soured by confinement, they were so impetuously furious, that it was unsafe, unless the keepers were near, even to approach their dens.
Página 111 - Such was the multitude of these animals, that although the river, including an island, over which they passed was a mile in length, the herd stretched as thick as they could swim, completely from one side to the other, and the party was obliged to stop for an hour.
Página 165 - It is not impossible that the tail may have the power of absorbing water, like the skin of frogs, though it must be owned that the scaly integument which invests that member has not much of the character which generally belongs to absorbing surfaces. " Bread, and bread and milk, and sugar, formed the principal part of Binny's food ; but he was very fond of succulent fruits and roots. He was a most entertaining creature, and some highly comic scenes occurred between the worthy, but slow beaver, and...
Página 163 - Beaver. It was the sole survivor of five or six which were shipped at the same time, and it was in a very pitiable condition. Good treatment quickly restored it to health, and kindness soon made it familiar. When called by its name
Página 158 - ... is turned toward the stream. The materials of which this dam is constructed consist of drift-wood, and the branches of willows, birch, and poplars, compacted together by mud and stones. The work is raised in the form of a mound, of considerable thickness at the base, and gradually narrowing toward the summit, which is made perfectly level, and of the exact height of the body of water which it is intended to keep up. Cartwright adds that he has frequently crossed the rivers and creeks upon these...
Página 147 - and being indolently disposed, I strolled alone among the houses ; and seeing everything still and quiet, I turned into one of the stone enclosures which serve as folds for cattle. The instant I entered the gate, to my astonishment up started a huge dog, big enough, if his courage had been equal to his size, to fight a lion. He kept me at bay with a most clamorous bark, and I was a good deal startled at first ; but recollecting their cowardly disposition, I stood still ; for, having once had one...

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