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were on the track of the animal, which was the object of our pursuit. We followed the traces in rapidity and silence, to avoid alarming the creature, while it was yet distant from us. Unwearied myself, and anxious to act in the same manner as the Arabs, I followed them impatiently, and at nine o'clock in the morning I had the happiness of finding myself in possession of the giraffe. A premium was given to the hunter whose horse had first come up with the animal, and this reward was the more merited, as the laborious chase is pursued in the midst of brambles and of thorny trees. Possessed of this giraffe, it was necessary to rest three or four days to make it tame. During this period an Arab constantly held it at the end of a long cord. By degrees it became accustomed to the presence of man, and took a little nourishment. To furnish milk for it I had brought with me some female camels. It became gradually reconciled to its condition, and was soon willing to follow, in short stages, the route of our caravan.
"The first run of the giraffe is exceedingly rapid. The swiftest horse, if unaccustomed to the desert, could not come up with it, unless with extreme difficulty. The Arabs accustom their coursers to hunger and fatigue. Milk generally serves them for food, and gives them power to continue their exertions during a very long run.
"If the giraffe reaches a mountain, it passes the heights with great rapidity: its feet, which are like those of the goat, endow it with the dexterity of that animal; it bounds over ravines with incredible power; horses cannot, in such situations, compete with it.
"The giraffe eats with great delicacy, collecting its food leaf by leaf from the trees by means of its long tongue. It rejects the thorns, and in this respect differs from the camel. As the grass upon which it was now fed was cut for it, it takes the upper part only, and chews it until it perceives that the stem is too coarse for it. Great care is required for its preservation, and especially great cleanliness. It is extremely fond of society, and is very sensible. I have observed one of them shed tears when it no longer saw its companions, or the persons who were in the habit of attending to it. I was so fortunate as to collect five individuals at Kordofan; but the cold December of 1834 killed four of them in the desert, on the route to Dongolah, my point of departure for Bebbah. Only one was preserved—the first specimen I obtained.
"Unwilling to return to Cairo without beinsj really useful to the Society, I remained for three months in the desert, crossing it in all directions. I was successful in my researches. I obtained three giraffes smaller than the one I already possessed. Experience suggested to me the best way of preserving them. Another trial was reserved for me,—that of transporting the animals by bark from Wadi Haifa to Cairo, Alexandria, and Malta. But I surmounted all difficulties. The most that they suffered was at sea, during their passage, which lasted twenty-four days, with the weather very tempestuous.
"I arrived at Malta on the 21st November. We were there detained in quarantine for twentyfive days, after which, through the kind care of Mr. Bourchier, these valuable animals were placed in a good situation, where nothing was wanting for their comfort. With the view of preparing them for the temperature of the country to which they are to be removed, I have not thought it advisable that they should be clothed. During the last week the cold has been much greater than they have hitherto experienced; but, thanks to the kindness of Mr. Bourchier, they have every attention that can be desired.
"These four giraffes, three males and one female, are so interesting and so beautiful, that I shall exert myself to the utmost to be useful to them. They are capable of walking for six hours a-day without the slightest fatigue."
M. Thibaut and five Nubian attendants accompanied these beautiful animals to England in the Manchester steam vessel. By this vessel they arrived in England on the 23d of May; and the early part of the next morning they walked to their final destination, the gardens in the Regent's Park. They proceeded quietly along, led by halters, and accompanied by M. Thibaut and their African attendants, and were perfectly gentle and docile. Few persons at that early hour were abroad, but those who met this strange cavalcade were lost in wonder and astonishment, and gazed with incredulous eyes on these four majestic creatures, who moved their graceful necks from time to time to their full extent. The attendants, dressed in the costume of their country, each leading an animal, met also with a full share of admiration.
When they reached their future home, they entered the gardens very quietly, neither disturbed by strangers, nor by the novelty of their position. Mr. Davis says that he cannot consider the giraffe as a timid animal, for, when led out by its keepers, the objects which caught its attention did not create the least alarm; but it evinced an ardent desire to approach whatever it saw: no animal was bold enough to stand and suffer the giraffe to come near it. Its docile, gentle disposition leads it to be friendly, and even playful, with such as are confined with it; a noise will rouse its attention, but not excite fear. The giraffe is extremely fond of sweets, and those in