Friday, October 09, 2015

The lemurs are very pretty little things, and, being gentle affectionate creatures, are sometimes tamed and kept as pets #QotD

IMG_20151004_145953Of larger animals they saw none; and it may be as well to remark here that there are no large carnivora in Madagascar — no lions, tigers, leopards panthers, or creatures of that sort — nothing larger than a wild-cat and a wolf being known. Neither are there elephants, giraffes, rhinoceroses, hippopotami, antelope, nor deer; the only large animals being two species of ox, and the wild-boar, goats and sheep, and crocodiles. There are also huge bats, an animal of the monkey tribe called the lemur, hedgehogs, and rabbits.

The lemurs are very pretty little things, and, being gentle affectionate creatures, are sometimes
tamed and kept as pets.

The scenery, we have said, was beautiful. At one turn of the road in particular a landscape of
such beauty appeared suddenly before them that Mark was arrested as if spell-bound; it was such a
gorgeous combination of luxuriant foliage — ferns and palms and bamboos, interlaced with creepers, and enlivened by streams which brawled and tumbled in picturesque cascades, over which
hundreds of butterflies sported in the sunshine. From the height of land on which they stood a
wide, well-watered plain was seen to extend far below them. (pp. 122-23)

From The Fugitives; or, The Tyrant Queen of Madagascar by R. M. Ballantyne (1887).

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