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Is a native of America, of the Bear tribe; in Jamaica they are very numerous, and do incredible mischief to the sugar-cane plantations. The Racoon is less than the fox in size, and has a sharp pointed nose. His fore legs are shorter than the others. The colour of his body is gray, with two broad rims of black round the eyes, and a dusky line running down the middle of the face. Racoons are very easily domesticated, and then become very amusing and harmless animals. They are as mischievous as a monkey, and seldom remain at rest. Of ill treatment they are extremely sensible, and never forgive those from whom they have received it. They have also an antipathy to sharp and harsh sounds, such as the bark of a dog, and the cry of a child. These animals are hunted for the sake of their fur, which is used by the hatters, and is considered next in value to that of the beaver; it is used also in linings for garments. The skins, when properly dressed, are made into gloves and upper leathers for shoes. The negroes frequently eat the flesh of the Racoon, and are very fond of it.



Is a native of Brazil, not unlike the Racoon in the general form of the body, and, like that animal, it frequently sits up on the hinder legs, and in this position, with both paws carries its food to its mouth. If left at liberty in a state of tameness, it will pursue poultry, and destroy every living thing that it has strength to conquer. When it sleeps it rolls itself into a lump, and remains immoveable for fifteen hours together. His eyes are small, but full of life; and, when domesticated, this creature is very playful and amusing. A great peculiarity belonging to this animal is the length of his snout, which resembles in some particulars the trunk of the elephant, as it is moveable in every direction. The ears are round, and like those of a rat; the fore feet have five toes each. The hair is short and rough on the back, and of a blackish colour; the tail is marked with rings of black, like the wild cat; the rest of the animal is a mixture of black and red.



INHABITS most parts of the world. The length of his body is about two feet six inches from the nose to the insertion of the tail, which is black like the throat, breast, and belly; the hair of the other part of the body is long and rough, of a yellowish white at the roots, black in the middle, and cinerous at the point: under the tail there is a receptacle, in which is secreted a white fetid substance, that constantly exudes through the orifice, and thus gives him a most unpleasant smell. Being a solitary animal, he digs a hole for himself, at the bottom of which he remains in perfect security; he feeds upon young rabbits, birds, and their eggs, and honey. The cruel sport of hunting him with dogs is still practised; and his motions when attacked are so quick, that a dog is often desperately wounded in the first moment of assault: he falls upon his back, combats with desperate resolution, and seldom dies unrevenged of his enemies. It is indeed not easy to overcome him; his skin is so thick that it resists the impression of the teeth, and so loose, that he is enabled to turn round easily and bite his assailants in the most tender parts. The female brings forth every year, commonly three or four at a time.



ANIMALS of the Monkey tribe are furnished with hands instead of paws, their ears, eyes, eyelids, lips, and breasts resemble the human kind. For greater facility of description, the animals of this extensive tribe are usually arranged in three divisions, of Apes, Baboons, and Monkeys. Apes are destitute of tails, and the chief of this kind is the Ourang Outang or Wild Man of the Woods; he is found in the interior parts of Africa, in Madagascar, and some parts of the East Indies. He is a solitary animal, avoids mankind. The largest are said to be six feet high, very active, strong, and intrepid, capable of overcoming the strongest man: they are likewise exceedingly swift, and cannot easily be taken alive. When young, however, the Ourang Outang is capable of being tamed; one of them, shown in London some years ago, was taught to sit at table, make use of a spoon or fork in eating, and drink wine out of a glass. It was mild and affectionate, much attached to its keeper, and obedient to his commands.



THE animal next to the ourang outang, and to be placed in the same class, is the Ape, properly so called. It is much less in size, not being above eighteen inches high; but walks erect, is without a tail, and may be tamed with tolerable facility. Caubasson relates a laughable anecdote of one of these animals, which he brought up tame, and which became so attached to him as to be desirous of accompanying him wherever he went: when, therefore, he had to perform divine service, he was under the necessity of shutting him up. One day, however, the animal escaped, and followed the father to church, where, silently mounting on the top of the sounding board above the pulpit, he lay perfectly quiet till the sermon began. He then crept to the edge, and overlooking the preacher, imitated his gestures in so grotesque a manner, that the whole congregation were unavoidably excited to laugh. Caubasson, surprised and displeased at this ill timed levity, reproved his auditors for their inattention; and on the obvious failure of his reproof, he, in the warmth of zeal, redoubled his actions and his vociferations. These the Ape so exactly imitated,

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