By Gregory McNamee
Following the version of the medieval Latin bestiaries, Gregory McNamee has written a e-book instantaneously naturalistic, folkloristic, and literary, made of brief essays on forty-three animals of the world’s deserts. those essays talk about the creatures as they're and as they're imagined, and produce their ordinary lives and histories vividly to the web page.
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The wild camel is very swift, its pace being almost invariably a trot. In this respect, however, the domesticated species will, in a long distance, overtake a good galloper. It is very weak when wounded, and drops directly if it is hit by a bullet of small calibre, such as the hunters of Lob-nor use. We were unable to learn the duration of a camel's life; some are known to live to a great age. Aelian observes that the camels of the Caspii, the eponymous people of the Caspian Sea region, which Prejevalsky crossed, were innumerable, "and the largest are the size of the largest horses and have beautiful hair....
Seeing their empty nest, the Great Birds flew south to find a higher mountain on which to build another nest. Unable to descend from the cliff, Older Brother begged Grandmother Bat to carry him down; she agreed to do so in return for the feathers in the nest. There were so many feathers that they could fill her basket; she planned to use them in her own nest. As he got into the basket, it expanded to fit him. He closed his eyes in accord with Bat Woman's command, but when he heard a queer noise which aroused his curiosity, he opened them and he and Grandmother Bat fell rapidly.
Bighorn sheep The bighorn sheep, Ovis canadensis, is a characteristic animal of the North American deserts. Its range is by no means confined to the dry lands; it can be found throughout the mountains of western North America into Alaska and across into Siberia as far west as the mouth of the Yenesei River. It is the only of the major species of sheep not to have contributed to the standard domesticated varieties, being wild at heart and hard to catch; the modern meadow-shearing sheep instead descend from the moufflon, urial, and argali.