Natural History in Zoological Gardens: Being Some Account of Vertebrated Animals

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A. Constable & Company, Limited, 1905 - 310 pagini

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Pagina 86 - The trees of the Lord are full of sap ; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted; where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house. The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.
Pagina 269 - Ascension, has brought in several turtles of above 300 pounds weight, which have been sold at a very high price. It may be noted, that which is common in the West Indies is a luxury here." And, once more, in the same publication, for 1754, we read, " Saturday, July 13, the Right Hon. the Lord Anson, made a present to the gentlemen of White's chocolate house, of a turtle, which weighed 300 pounds weight, and which laid five eggs since in their possession.
Pagina 210 - It covers up the eggs, and leaves them to be hatched by the heat of the sun...
Pagina 269 - Friday, Aug. 31 , a turtle, weighing 350 pounds, was eat at the King's Arms Tavern, Pall- Mall ; the mouth of an oven was taken down to admit the part to be baked.
Pagina 42 - ... it is a noise so unearthly that, heard unexpectedly for the first time, it would fill the mind with the most melancholy and fearful foreboding.
Pagina 25 - I hippopotamus, and all London society rushed to "leave its cards" on the "little stranger;" so that there was hardly an exaggeration in the words of a poem, by Theodore Hook, in Blackwood: — " The folks in town are nearly wild To go and see the monkey-child, In Gardens of Zoology, Whose proper name is Chimpanzee. To keep this baby free from hurt, He's dressed in a cap and a Guernsey shirt; They 've got him a nurse, and he sits on her knee, And she calls him her Tommy Chimpanzee.
Pagina 105 - Topsell m informs us that the ichneumon burrows in the sand, and " when the aspe espyeth her threatening rage, presently turning about her taile, provoketh the ichneumon to combate, and with an open mouth and lofty head doth enter the list, to her owne perdition. For the ichneumon being nothing afraid of this great bravado, receiveth the encounter, and taking the head of the aspe in his mouth biteth that off to prevent the casting out of her poison.
Pagina 269 - France, they are in the highest estimation. In Jamaica they are even preserved in parks ; and their flesh is sold in the shops at a less price than that of beef and mutton. From this last island in particular is our turtle-eating metropolis supplied with immense quantities of this luxurious food. It would be quite superfluous to descant on the enthusiastic veneration in which turtle- soup is held by our wealthy and discerning fellow citizens.

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