A Natural History of the Mammalia: Marsupialia or pouched animals

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Сторінка 34 - The animals may be readily recognised by their dark bodies just seen level with the surface, above which the head is slightly raised, and by the circles made in the water around them by their paddling action. On the slightest alarm they instantly disappear ; and indeed they seldom remain longer on the surface than one or two minutes, but dive...
Сторінка 5 - The whole length from the nose to the end of the tail, when stretched out, did not exceed one inch and two lines.
Сторінка 36 - After feeding, it would lie sometimes on the grassy bank, and at others partly in and partly out of the water, combing and cleaning its coat as usual with the claws of the hind feet.
Сторінка 7 - they assist in producing a compression of the Mammary gland necessary for the alimentation of a peculiarly feeble offspring, and they defend the abdominal viscera from the pressure of the young as these increase in size during their marsupial existence, and still more when they return to the pouch for temporary shelter...
Сторінка 91 - Nar-nine,' and is only to be found in densely thick scrub on flats, and on the edges of swamps where the small brush Melaleuca grows so thickly that it is almost impossible for a man to force his way through ; its runs being under this, the animal escapes even the quick eye of a native. The only possible means of obtaining it is by having a number of natives to clear the spot, and two or three with guns and dogs to watch for it.
Сторінка 449 - In a state of confinement, they appear to be untameably savage ; biting severely, and uttering at the same time a low yelling growl. A male and female, which I kept for a couple of months chained together in an empty cask, were continually fighting ; their quarrels began as soon as it was dark (as they slept all day), and continued throughout the night almost without intermission, accompanied with a kind of hollow barking, not unlike a dog...
Сторінка 247 - ... to cut a specimen of a new wood, the creature's anger arose with the pinching of the twine; he whizzed with all his might, kicked and scratched most furiously, and snapped off a piece from the elbow of Mr. Bass's jacket with his grass-cutting teeth. Their friendship was here at an end, and the creature remained implacable all the way to the boat, ceasing to kick only when he was exhausted.
Сторінка 449 - ... forests yet unexplored. They are, however, easily procured by setting a trap in the most unfrequented parts of the woods, baited with raw flesh, all kinds of which they eat indiscriminately and voraciously; they also, it is probable, prey on dead fish, blubber, &c. as their tracks are frequently found on the sands of the sea shore.
Сторінка 277 - ... feet from the tip of the nose to the root of the tail. " The skull and horn excited great curiosity at the Cape.
Сторінка 65 - ... circumstances ; as, for example, the oppressive heat of the day, or the nature of the ground ; the former incapacitating the dogs for a severe chase, and the hard ridges, which the kangaroo invariably endeavours to gain, giving him great advantage over his pursuers. On such...

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