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horse's neck; but I always found that, although they would allow any loose horse to approach them, they, even when young, ran from me, though little of my figure was visible; and when I saw them all enjoying themselves in such full liberty, it was at first not pleasing to observe that one's appearance was everywhere a signal to them that they should fly from their enemy. Yet it is by this fear “that man hath dominion over the beasts of the field," and there is no animal in South America that does not acknowledge this instinctive feeling. As a singular proof of this, and of the difference between the wild beasts of America and the Old World, I will venture to relate a circumstance which a man sincerely assured me had happened to him in South America:

He was trying to shoot some wild ducks, and, in order to approach them unperceived, he put the corner of his poncho (which is a sort of long, narrow blanket) over his head, and crawling along the ground upon his hands and knees, the poncho not only covered his body, but trailed along the ground behind him. As he was thus creeping by a large bush of reeds, he heard a loud, sudden noise, between a bark and a roar: he felt something heavy strike his feet, and, instantly jumping up, he saw, to his astonishment, a large puma actually standing on his poncho; and, perhaps, the animal was equally astonished to find himself in the immediate presence of so athletic a man. The man told me he was unwilling to fire, as his gun was loaded with very small shot; and he therefore remained motionless, the puma standing on his poncho for many seconds: at last, the creature turned his head, and walking very slowly away about ten yards, he stopped and turned again: the man still maintained his ground, upon which the puma tacitly acknowledged his supremacy, and walked off.

Making Pets of Wild Beasts.

The puma is very easily tamed, and becomes harmless, and even affectionate. Kean, the actor, possessed one, called "Tom," which followed him about, and was often introduced to company in his drawingroom. Another was extremely gentle and playful, and showed no symptoms of ferocity to strangers who went to see it. It rejoiced greatly in the society of those to whose company it was accustomed; laid down on its back between their feet, and played with the skirts of their garments, exactly like a kitten. It was very fond of water, frequently jumping into and out of a large tub, greatly pleased with the refreshment.

It was brought from the city of St. Paul's, the capital of the district of that name, in the Brazils. During its voyage it was on intimate terms with several dogs and monkeys, none of which it ever attempted to

injure; nor did it even attempt to return the petty insults which the latter sometimes offered. But if an unfortunate fowl or goat came within its reach, it was immediately snapped at and killed. While in London, it escaped into the street during the night, but allowed itself to be taken by a watchman, without offering even a show of resistance. After its arrival in Edinburgh, it was not indulged with living prey, and the only animals.

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GRIZZLY BEAR AND ITS PREY.

which fell victims to its rapacity were a duck and cock-pheasant, both of which approached inadvertently within the circle of its spring, and were each killed by a blow of its fore paw.

The grizzly bear is to the animal tribes of America what the Bengal tiger is to those of Hindostan and the lion to those of Central Africa. It is the most savage of its race and the most tenacious of life of all quadrupeds. The European brown bear and the American black bear are

closely allied, and are similar in habits, although the former is fiercer and more sanguinary. They are excellent climbers, passionately fond of honey, great devourers of roots and green corn, and especial enemies to hogs and small calves.

The grizzly bear is larger, heavier, clumsier and stronger, than the others. It easily crosses broad streams by swimming and when enraged even attacks its enemy in the water. It is not afraid of man and many a hunter has fallen a victim to its powerful claws and jaws. Indians and trappers relate wonderful stories about its ferocity and strength. The tenacity of life of the grizzly is very great and a wound that does not kill it right out, is often more dangerous to the hunter than to the bear itself. For this reason the Indians consider the killing of a grizzly as a proof of prowess of the young warrior, even more so than the slaying of an enemy. A necklace of the claws and teeth of a grizzly is considered one. of their greatest and most honoring ornaments, because the Indian is not allowed to wear it, except he killed the bear himself.

Restoring Sight to Blind Bears.

It is said that the mere scent of man causes the grizzly to run away. The other animals are as much afraid of the scent of the grizzly, as this animal is of that of man. In captivity the grizzly does not act differently from its European cousins. Two grizzly bears in the Zoological Garden of London became utterly blind and it was resolved to perform an operation on them. By administering chloroform they were stupefied, and then the operation was performed. When they came to, they staggered about as if recovering from drunkenness, but later on seemed to enjoy the regaining of their eyesight.

A Creature with Monstrous Claws.

The home of the jungle bear is the continent of Asia, especially the southern part, and the Island of Ceylon. It frequently is found in mountains and solitary forests, and also near the habitations of man. On the isle of Ceylon, during the great drouth, it left its hiding places, and was met so often by the inhabitants that the women had to relinquish their accustomed baths and ablutions in the rivers. These bears frequently frightened them away, yet without any intention, because they have fallen into the river while drinking, and on account of their clumsiness are not able to gain dry land.

During the hot hours of the day the jungle bear rests in self-dug holes. It is very sensitive to heat, and suffers greatly when forced to cross the hot and dry mountain plateaus. Its soles are nearly scorched by the heat, so much so that it is sometimes unable to walk.

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