Natural History Of Quadrupeds (volume 1)

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byFrederic Shoberl

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834. Excerpt: ... arrow. They also eat its flesh, which, according to them, is of excellent flavour. THE ELEPHANT. As the elephant surpasses all other terrestrial animals in magnitude and strength, so is he also more gentle and tractable than almost any other, and in sagacity and docility he is not excelled by any, excepting perhaps the dog. The usual height of this animal is nine or ten feet, though he is said to be sometimes found of the height of twelve feet. His body is of a very clumsy form; the head large; the back much arched; the legs short and extremely thick. His eyes are very small; his ears large, pendulous, and irregularly waved about the edges. The trunk attached to the muzzle of the elephant is one of the most wonderful instruments that Nature has bestowed on any of her creatures, being little inferior in flexibility and utility even to the hand of man. This organ, composed of a number of flexible rings, forms a double tube, ending in a circular tip, somewhat flattened, and furnished with a projecting point or fleshy moveable hook, like a finger, of exquisite sensibility, and so pliable that by means of it the animal can pick up almost the smallest objects from the ground. This trunk is the principal organ of breathing to the elephant, terminating in two orifices which are the nostrils: by means of it he supplies himself with food and drink, laying hold of the one and sucking up the other with this tube and conveying it to his mouth. The feet terminate in five rounded toes; the tail is of moderate length; tipped by a few scattered hairs, very thick, and of a black colour. The general colour of the skin is a dusky or blackish brown; but in some parts of India elephants are found of a white colour, though this is a rare occurrence. The male elephant is provide...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834. Excerpt: ... arrow. They also eat its flesh, which, according to them, is of excellent flavour. THE ELEPHANT. As the elephant surpasses all...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:42 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217024327

ISBN - 13:9780217024327

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