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Animals In The Rain

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Horses aml cattlenever lookso miserable as when standing exposed to cold and driving rain. Every field in which cattle are furned loose should have eome rade shelter provided, however rough and hardy the stock. If left to themselves in a state of nature, they would travel miles to some well kuown bank or thicket, which would at least give cover against the wind. Shut np between four hedges, they are dehied alike the aid of human forethought and of their own instincts. Bewick's vignettes of old horses or unhappy donkeys, huddled together in driving showers on some bleak cornmon, express a vast amount of animal misery in an inch of woodcut. It seems strange that no animal, unless itbethe squirrel, seems to bui ld itself a shelter with the express object of keeping off the rain, which they all so much dislike. Monkeys are miserable in wet and could easily bui ld shelters if they had the sense to do so. "As the creatures hop disconsolately along in the rain," writes Mr. Kipling in his "Beast and Man In India," "or crouch on branches, with dripping backs set against the tree trunk as shelter from a driving storm, they have the air of being very sorry for themselves. " But even the orang outang, which builds a small platform in the trees on which to sleep at night, never seeros to think of a roof, though the Dyaks say that when there is much rain it covers itself with the leaves of the pandanus, a large


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