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By B. Collins

This identify issues mans touch with the animal global: sacrifice, sacred animals, vitamin, and domestication. Chapters on artwork, literature, faith and animal husbandry demonstrate an image of the advanced relationships among the peoples of the traditional close to East and (their) animals.
A reference consultant and key to the menagerie of the traditional close to East, with considerable unique illustrations.

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Continuously growing canines emerge from each quadrant of the mouth. The upper tusks are largely for display, but the short, sharp, lower ones function as slashing weapons that can inflict serious, and sometimes deadly, wounds when rival males square off in their typical style of lateral fighting. With mouth open, a boar uncovers his ivory stilettos and wields them against an opponent's flank with a sideways lunge and upward jerk of the head. These savage displays have made boars extremely dangerous prey for hunters.

Currently, none survive north of Khartoum. Hippopotami spend much of their time submerged in lakes and rivers, breathing through closeable nostrils located high on the snout so that they often become the only part of the animal that breaks the water's surface. Body pores exude an oily pinkish substance called "blood sweat" that protects the skin during long periods underwater or during nightly excursions on land, where they emerge to graze. Dung, frequently evacuated in the water, pro- 1. THE NATIVE FAUNA 15 vides a rich food source for many fishes, which symbiotically clean the hippopotami of exterior parasites, algal growths, or vegetal residues lodged between the teeth.

The Somali ass (E. africanus somaliensis) still inhabits the region between Africa's horn and the Eritrean coast. It is distinguished from the Nubian race to the north by a summer shift to yellowish buff coloration and distinctive dark stripes encircling the lower legs. In ancient Greek, the Asian ass was referred to as rj/jfoi/os", literally "half-ass," and the term was eventually adopted to designate the spe- 18 ALLAN S. GILBERT cies (Equus hemionus). Oddly, hemiones are also commonly called onagers today, a term that originated from ovaypos, or "wild ass," by which both Greeks and Romans referred to the African ass (Groves 1974).

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