Polar Bear Stories by an Old Traveller
J K L
Zoology, Animal Behaviour, Observation, Zoological Gardens, Breeding, Exploration, Heroism
Stressing that reports by 'early navigators of the North Seas' of the 'size, strength, and ferocity of the Polar bear' have been confirmed by 'scientific observers' studying the polar bears at the Zoological Gardens, proceeds to describe the physical characteristics, habitat, habits, and diet of this species of bear (131). Concludes with extracts from Robert Southey's Life of Nelson describing the young Horatio Nelson's confrontation with a polar bear during an Arctic expedition. The illustrations show polar bear with its cubs, and Nelson attacking a polar bear with the butt of a musket.
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