Bric-a-brac

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Language: French
Wordcount: 51,368 / 180 pg
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e mon honorable et savant ami Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, qui prétend que l'hippopotame est une créature privée de tout sentiment généreux:

Dès que nous entrâmes dans l'enceinte réservée, l'hippopotame, qui était au fond de l'eau, reparut à la surface; puis, lorsque Delaporte l'eut appelé de son nom arabe, l'animal accourut avec les démonstrations de joie les plus vives, et avec des grognements de satisfaction pouvant équivaloir à ceux que pousserait un troupeau d'une trentaine de porcs.

Rappelons un fait que le lecteur n'a pas oublié, c'est que le père et là mère du susdit hippopotame s'étaient fait tuer l'un après l'autre en défendant leur petit.

Il y a loin de là, à cet axiome si hardiment avancé par notre savant ami Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, « qu'il est commun que les femelles des mammifères abandonnent leurs petits et même les dévorent, et qu'il n'y a pas d'animaux aussi brutaux et aussi colères que les hippopotames. »

On verra l'explication que nous donnerons (nous qui ne sommes pas un savant) de

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