Image from page 208 of "Animal Life and the World of Nature; A magazine of Natural History" (1902)
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ical Gardens, on 31st August, was taken in the Societys mortuary soon after the event took place. As particulars of its size, etc., were given in last months Animal Life, it is unnecessary to say more here, except to repeat the regret that the Society should have been prevented from realizing their hopes of getting a profitable and highly interesting addition to their collection. Just thirty years ago, all the press werechronicling the birth of aFawkes. hippopotamus at the Zoo, for Guy Fawkes, as the namewill suggest, was born on the 5th November,1872, and when one considers that afterthirty years of captivity the animal showsevery sign of good health, it speaks wellfor the care and attention bestowed uponthe animals by the officials. As confusionas to sex has often been made with regardto Guy Fawkes, it should be noted thatshe is a female. The name was chosen asa record of the date, and not on accountof any exhibition of a revolutionary spiritlike her namesake, for when young she was
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STILLBORN ELEPHANT, considered by some (very few, I shouldthink) a beautiful little thing, and has givenvery little trouble since, but hippopotamihave never been popular with the public,like their equally massive neighbours theelephants, and very little of the public foodofferings finds its way inside the hippo.They are not, however, so wanting in intelli-gence as some persons imagine, and it iseven recorded that they are fond of music.The specimen deposited at the Zoo in 1854was brought over by an Arab snake-charmer,who was in the habit of exciting theattention of his charge by a kind of musicalcall, which she answered by vibrating herenormous body to and fro with evidentpleasure, keeping time to the measures ofthe performers tune; and whenever theband played on board the vessel whichbrought her over, she would invariably raiseher head in the attitude of listening. .(^What a fine exhibition and attraction tothe Gardens could be made ifSea Lions, a sufficient number of thepublic at ho
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