Illustrative Anecdotes of the Animal Kingdom

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Published: 1845
Language: English
Wordcount: 94,538 / 271 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.1
LoC Category: QL
Downloads: 913
Added to site: 2010.09.10
mnybks.net#: 28956
Origin: gutenberg.org
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iently wait on the shrouds, or at the mast-head, till his pursuers almost touched him, and then suddenly lower himself to the deck by any rope that was near him, or bound along the main-stay from one mast to the other, swinging by his hands, and moving them one over the other. The men would often shake the ropes by which he clung with so much violence, as to make me fear his falling; but I soon found that the power of his muscles could not be easily overcome. When in a playful humor, he would often swing within arm's length of his pursuer, and having struck him with his hand, throw himself from him.

"Whilst in Java, he lodged in a large tamarind-tree near my dwelling, and formed a bed by intertwining the small branches, and covering them with leaves. During the day, he would lie with his head projecting beyond his nest, watching whoever might pass under; and when he saw any one with fruit, would descend to obtain a share of it. He always retired for the night at sunset, or sooner if he had been well fe

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