Friday, October 09, 2015

My attention was soon attracted by a peculiar shouting or hallooing in the forest #QotD

2015.10.05-IMG_5244(Pictured at right is actually Indri indri indri)

My attention was soon attracted by a peculiar shouting or hallooing in the forest, apparently at no great distance from the road. It was not like any sound I had heard before, but resembled that of men or boys calling to each other, more than any thing else. At first I thought it was a number of people driving cattle out of the forest into the road. Still I heard no crashing among the underwood, and saw no signs of bullocks. Then I imagined it must be a number of birdrcatchers or squirrel-catchers. But on inquiring of my companions, they said the noise proceeded from the black and white lemurs, Lemur macaco, of which there were great numbers in the forests. p. 479

From Three visits to Madagascar during the years 1853--1854--1856: Including a journey to the capital; with notices of the natural history of the country and of the present civilization of the people by William Ellis

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