Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals

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Author: R. Lee
Published: 1852
Language: English
Wordcount: 104,041 / 298 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.7
LoC Category: QL
Downloads: 1,814
Added to site: 2007.07.01
mnybks.net#: 17511
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Nature
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the tail of the bird; and careless of its anger, seated himself on a branch, sucking the quills till they were dry, when he started for a fresh supply.

That monkeys enjoy movement, that they delight in pilfering, in outwitting each other and their higher brethren--men; that they glory in tearing and destroying the works of art by which they are surrounded in a domestic state; that they lay the most artful plans to effect their purposes, is all perfectly true; but the terms mirthful and merry, seem to me to be totally misapplied, in reference to their feelings and actions; for they do all in solemnity and seriousness. Do you stand under a tree, whose thick foliage completely screens you from the sun, and you hope to enjoy perfect shade and repose; a slight rustling proves that companions are near; presently a broken twig drops upon you, then another, you raise your eyes, and find that hundreds of other eyes are staring at you. In another minute you see the grotesque faces to which thos

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