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in the hold, with its feet almost on the brig's keel, it could stretch its neck out of the main-hatchway, and command all the deck with its head. It seemed greatly astonished, but remained as tranquil as possible, I never heard it make the least noise. When the sailors went near it, it drew in its head, but seemed to protrude it with pleasure when its old companions and countrymen, the Africans, approached it."
This animal gradually declined after its arrival at Windsor, and before her death became so weak in the fore-legs, that a pulley was constructed suspended from the ceiling of her house, that she might be raised on her legs, without any exertion on her part. Mr. Richard Davis, who painted several portraits of this animal for the king, says, that the growth of the creature had been very rapid, and that its limbs were deformed by the treatment it experienced when in the hands of the Arabs in its overland journey from Senaar to Cairo. It was occasionally confined on the back of a camel, and when huddled together for that purpose, they were not very nice in the choice of cords, nor the mode of applying them; it bore the marks of what it must have suffered in this way." It was a small feeder, but drank from eight to ten quarts of milk in the day; this far from natural diet may have occasioned both its rapid growth and premature death. The one presented to the French king at the same time is, we believe, still alive in the Jardin des Plantes; she was a larger and stronger animal, and passed a winter at Marseilles in order to accustom her to a still more rigorous climate at Paris. Her greeting was in the truly French style.
A professor from the garden went to conduct her to the capital, and watch over her welfare by the way. The prefect of Marseilles caused the arms of France to be embroidered in silver on her body-cloth, which, with her hood, was made of black oiled silk, bordered with red. Deputations from the various towns met her on her way; the cows sent from Egypt with her, to supply milk during the passage, accompanied her; and she was not only escorted on her march by the beforementioned gentleman, but by Atie, her Darfour negro, Hassan her Arabian attendant, a Marseillois groom, and a mulatto, who served as interpreter to the two former.
The Archbishop of Lyons, being very desirous that she should pay him a visit, the prefect of that city and several horsemen set out to meet the cavalcade, and lead it to his Grace's house; but, unfortunately, the giraffe, frightened at their appearance, broke from her conductors and fled; the horsemen pursued, when turning round, she, in her turn, frightened the horses; the professor and prefect were both rolled on the ground, and the confusion was great. The innocent cause of this tumult, however, quietly walked back to the stable she had left that morning, and no further attempts were made to introduce her to the Archbishop. A party from Paris met her at Fontainebleau, and her entrance to the Jardin des Plantes resembled a triumphant procession; she was led by her four attendants, the professors walking close; troops kept the public from pressing on her, and her three cows and the antelope, who came with her from Egypt, followed in a carriage. She was first placed in the Orangery, and only permitted to walk out in sunny weather. Nothing could exceed the curiosity she excited. For many weeks from ten to twenty thousand visitors surrounded her at a time.
A fresh portrait was painted of her every week, representations of her in various attitudes decorated every box, every fan, and ribbons of her colour were worn, and even the ladies' hair was dressed a-la-giraffe; both men and women wore gloves, shoes, waistcoats, gowns, and bonnets of the same colour as the spots in her side. Amidst all this adulation the giraffe did not forget her early friends. Messrs. Jomard and Jaubert took some Egyptians then in Paris to see her, and the instant her eye rested on them she advanced, and began licking their turbans and foreheads with every mark of joy, which she never had done to any one who wore a hat.
She was fed on maize, beans, and barley; was fond of carrots, but her great passion was for roses; she would eat them with great avidity, and lick the hand for more when the stock was exhausted. She lived in a large round building, to which was attached a little paddock, in which, when the weather was warm, she remained all day. She was exercised by her keepers every fine morning before the public were admitted; and directly the weather became cold, was covered with a thick woollen hood and body-cloth. Atie, the Darfour negro, a droll, lively, and intelligent person, was retained in her service. He slept in a little gallery at the top of the stable of his mistress, and being open, she frequently awoke him directly the sun appeared, by putting her head over the railings and pushing him with her nose.
At Constantinople, on one side of the Hippodrome, there is a menagerie, now very ill provided, dark, filthy, and much neglected. Some years ago a giraffe was sent from Egypt to enrich the collection of wild beasts then existing there. Its keeper was accustomed to take it for exercise in the large open square of the Hippodrome, where the Turks used to flock daily in great crowds, to cultivate the acquaintance of the extraordinary quadruped. Seeing how perfectly inoffensive it was, and how domesticated it became, the keeper