What passes in those remote depths-- what beings live, or can live, twelve or fifteen miles beneath the surface of the waters--what is the organisation of these animals, we can scarcely conjecture.
And the sea is precisely their best vehicle, the only medium through which these giants (against which terrestrial animals, such as elephants or rhinoceroses, are as nothing) can be produced or developed.
The thing before you is no longer an animal, a fellow-creature, but a problem
First one animal trait, then another, creeps to the surface and stares out at me.
The situation was thus rendered really very alarming; the anchor-rope, which had securely caught, could not be disengaged, nor could it yet be cut by the knives of our aeronauts, and the balloon was rushing headlong toward the wood, when the animal
received a ball in the eye just as he lifted his head.
Grown careless from months of continued safety, during which time he had seen no dangerous animals
during the daylight hours, he had left his rifles and revolvers all within the little cabin, and now that he saw the great ape crashing through the underbrush directly toward him, and from a direction which practically cut him off from escape, he felt a vague little shiver play up and down his spine.
After a searching scrutiny, the animal
trotted forward a few steps.
Again, all recent experience shows that it is most difficult to get any wild animal
to breed freely under domestication; yet on the hypothesis of the multiple origin of our pigeons, it must be assumed that at least seven or eight species were so thoroughly domesticated in ancient times by half-civilized man, as to be quite prolific under confinement.
When the animal
was alive I placed my finger within half an inch of its head, and not the slightest notice was taken: it made its way, however, about the room nearly as well as the others.
It is quite likely that, if we knew more about animal
bodies, we could deduce all their movements from the laws of chemistry and physics.
I am the man you met in the woods east of the big river, and whom you tried to persuade to line a yellow hornet to his nest: as if my eye was not too true to mistake any other animal
for a honey-bee, in a clear day
John, how can you expect sick people to come and see you when you keep all these animals
in the house?
Difficult as this is to accomplish, it is still more difficult to persuade the human into any organised effort to alleviate the ill conditions of the lesser animals
I beg your Majesty's pardon," said the Fox, "but I noticed the track of the animals
that have already come to you; and while I see many hoof-marks going in, I see none coming out.
This condition continued for seven days; his animals
, however, did not leave him day nor night, except that the eagle flew forth to fetch food.