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By William J (William Joseph) 1867- Long

ISBN-10: 1599151898

ISBN-13: 9781599151892

Mooweesuk the Coon is named the bear's little brother through either Indians and naturalists, as a result of the some ways within which he resembles the "big prowler within the black coat." An soaking up bankruptcy at the coon's mystery behavior starts off this quantity, through tales in regards to the woodcock, the wildcat, the toad, and lots of different animals. chapters notable for his or her willing 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 searching with out a Gun, displaying the enjoyment of following even the massive and unsafe animals with the will merely to be close to and comprehend them.

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The queer names herein used for beasts and birds are those given by the Milicete Indians, and represent usually some sound or suggestion of the creatures themselves. Except where it is plainly stated otherwise, all the incidents and observations have passed under my own eyes and have been confirmed late by other observers. In the records, while holding closely to the facts, I have simply tried to make all these animals as interesting to the reader as they were to me when I discovered them. WM. J.

One of these is his habit of nest robbing. Mooween does that, to be sure, for he is fond of eggs; but he must confine himself largely to ground-birds and to nests that he can reach by standing on his hind legs. Therefore are the woodpeckers all safe from him. Mooweesuk, on his part, can never see a hole in a tree without putting his nose into it to find out whether it contains any eggs or young woodpeckers. If it does contain them, he will reach a paw down, clinging close to the tree and stretching and pushing his arm into the hole clear to his shoulder, to see if perchance the nest be not a foolishly shallow and the eggs lie within reach of his paw—which suggests a monkey's, by the way, in its handlike flexibility.

This was easy, and he kept it up until his moist paw brought up only shells and rotten wood, when he backed away down the tree and shuffled off into the woods, leaving a sad mess for a mother woodpecker to face behind him. Another habit in which he has improved upon Mooween is his fishing. He knows how to flip fish out of water with his paw, as all bears do; but he has also learned how to attract them when they are not to be found on the shallows. Many times in the twilight I have found Mooweesuk sitting very still on a rock or gray log beside the pond or river, his soft colors and his stillness making him seem like part of the shore.

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