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Letters from a country house (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 9 feb 2012


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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1891 Excerpt: ... My Furred And Feathered Neighbours. NE morning not long ago when I was dressing I saw a squirrel playing about in a sycamore tree opposite to my window. What a nimble and amusing little creature it is! Oftentimes in my rambles in the park here I come across one. Sometimes he is enjoying himself in the grass, and the moment he catches sight of me how he bounds over the turf, with his red tail erect, and makes for the nearest big tree. Up its trunk he scampers, and when he gets to the THE SQUIRREL AND HIS WAYS. 123 first fork he stops; and, feeling he is more or less secure, he looks round in a knowing sort of way, as much as to say, "Catch me, mister man, if you can." If, however, I make a little further demonstrative movement, off he climbs to the next storey, and so on till he reaches the top of the tree. Here he remains till I have gone far away. Gamekeepers, especially in some districts, regard squirrels as enemies; but how many creatures they regard as foes. It is doubtful, however, if the squirrel does any damage worth speaking of; and they are so lively, nimble, and amusing in their movements and ways that, if I could have my will, gamekeepers should be compelled to treat them tenderly. Squirrels, I know, are credited with doing a little poaching sometimes in the way of eating the eggs of small birds, but whether they do any real mischief of this sort may be a matter for doubt. There are, I believe, several kinds of squirrels in existence, some of them larger than those we see in this country. Indeed, it is said that the European squirrel is the most diminutive of his order. 124 ANIMAL CHARACTERISTICS. Like many other creatures, he changes his colour somewhat at various seasons, and wears a redder coat in summer than in winter. His bushy tail is suppo...

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