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1834. Excerpt: ... distance from the sea and thus tamed, was kept
in a vessel full of salt and water, which it would leave for the
purpose of crawling about the house, and even sometimes approaching
the fire. Though taken out to sea every day and thrown in from a
boat, it would invariably swim after its master, and allow itself
to be retaken without making any attempt to escape. In this way it
lived for some time, and died in consequence of ill usage. THE BAT.
As the seal appears to form the connecting link between the
quadrupeds dwelling on the earth and the inhabitants of the deep,
so the bat seems to unite them with the tribes that wing the air.
In general figure the bat resembles the mouse; but it is furnished
with wings, which the animal can stretch when it chooses to fly,
and fold up into a small space when it is at rest. The bat's wings
are formed of delicate membranes, like thin leather, stretched upon
the bones, which correspond with the fore-leg in quadrupeds. So far
they resemble those of birds, but they differ in the materials of
which they are composed, and in the similitude of the bones to
those of the human hand. They have, what is peculiar to themselves,
a hooklike process attached to the bone of the wing, by which they
lay hold and support themselves upon the cornices of buildings, and
so far employ their wings as hands. These wings, when extended, are
of great length. In the larger species, found in some parts of
India, Africa, and South America, celebrated under the name of
vampyre, they often measure five feet; and Sir Hans Sloane was in
possession of a specimen, brought from Sumatra, the wings of which
measured seven feet. As, however, the bat itself is not rendered
buoyant by any of the means employed in the internal structure of
birds, and as its wing...
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