By William J (William Joseph) 1867- Long
Mooweesuk the Coon is named the bear's little brother through either Indians and naturalists, end result of the many ways within which he resembles the "big prowler within the black coat." An soaking up bankruptcy at the coon's mystery behavior starts this quantity, by means of tales concerning the woodcock, the wildcat, the toad, and lots of different animals. chapters impressive for his or her prepared perception into the hidden lifetime of animals shut this volume,─one on Animal surgical procedure, describing a number of the ways that wild animals deal with their wounds; the opposite on looking with no Gun, exhibiting the enjoyment of following even the massive and hazardous animals with the will purely to be close to and comprehend them.
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Once, in the early summer, I found a young coon at the foot of a ledge, looking up at a shelf a few feet above his head and whimpering because he could not get up. It was a surprise to him, evidently, that his claws could not make the same impression on the hard rock that they did on the home tree in which he was born. He made no objection—indeed, he seemed to take it as the most natural thing in the world—when I picked him up and put him on the shelf that he was whimpering about; but in a moment, like a baby, he wanted to get down again, and again I ministered to his necessities.
Therefore have I passed over a hundred animals or birds to watch one, and have recorded only the rare observations, such as are seldom seen, and then only by men who spend long days and seasons in the woods in silent watchfulness. Whether these rare habits are common property among the species, and seem strange to us only because we know so very little of the hidden life of the wild animals, or whether they are the discovery of a few rare individuals better endowed by nature than their fellows, I must leave to the reader to determine; for I do not know.
A faint scratching made me turn round, and there he was, his paws up on the other edge of the bridge, looking back at the queer man-thing that he had never seen before. He had passed under the bridge to look at me from the other side, as a fox invariably does if you keep still enough. The game that he was washing was a big frog, and after a few moments he circled the bridge, grabbed his catch, and disappeared into the woods. Near towns where he is much hunted Mooweesuk has grown wilder, like the fox, and learned a hundred tricks that formerly he knew nothing about.
A Little Brother to the Bear by William J (William Joseph) 1867- Long