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Image from page 48 of "The great and small game of India, Burma, & Tibet" (1900)

Identifier: greatsmallgameof1900lyde

Title: The great and small game of India, Burma, & Tibet

Year: 1900 (1900s)

Authors: Lydekker, Richard, 1849-1915

Subjects: Hunting Hunting Hunting Mammals

Publisher: London : R. Ward

Contributing Library: Boston Public Library

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s. K4orning and evening are its chieffeeding-times, the heat of the day being generally passed in slumber. Asalready stated, the structure of its teeth indicates that its food is chieflygrass ; and such observations as have been made confirm the truth of thisinference. Individuals have lived for over twenty years in the LondonZoo, and it is stated that others have been known to have been kept inconfinement for fully fifty years. Consequently, there is no doubt that theanimal is very long-lived, Brian Hodgson suggesting that its term of lifemay reach as much as a century. The cow gives birth to a single youngone at a time, but information is required in regard to the duration ot theperiod of gestation and the frequency with which births take place. It was an old idea that the hide of the Indian rhinoceros was bullet-proof; but this was erroneous even in regard to such antiquated weaponsas the military Brown Bess. As trophies, sportsmen may preserve 6c Small Game of India 6cc . Plate 1.


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L^;i>^ Pailislvid, hy XmlanA Vlard, lU PLATE I 1. Indian Elephant. 4. Sumatran Rhinoceros. 2. Indian Rhinoceros. 5. Malay Tapir. 3. Javan Rhinoceros. 6. Kiang. From a Malay specimen. The Malay animal differs from the chestnut-haired Indian form by its black hair, and probablyrepresents a distinct race {R. sumatreiisis nlger). The Javan Rhinoceros 25 either the entire head or the horn alone ; in addition to which a shield-shaped piece of skin is frequently cut from the under surface of the body,where it is thinner than elsewhere, and kept as a memento of a successful shikar. Kuch Behar is now one of the great centres for rhino-shooting,fine specimens having been obtained by the Maharaja himself It was inthis territory that the Duke of Portland obtained his specimens in 1882.Shooting females is strictly prohibited in Kuch Behar, as it probably also isin Assam. There is no evidence that this rhinoceros was ever found in Ceylon(where, indeed, the genus is unknown), or in the countries



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