Wonderful Hunting Powers of the Australian Natives.
When the Australian blackfellow is pushed and can find no other game, he catches snakes, lizards, iguanas, and kangaroo rats, the -nfiliest and most agile of all wild animals, on their own grounds and aim' 4 surroundings the most favourable to their concejalinentu by simply exercising the faculties qf a s.ijnerjor- wsd animal. With those wonderful great brown eyes of his he. can see the faintest trail where a snake had zigzagged through the dry moss and leaves, or the slightest footmark where an iguana had fled from his approach to its refuge in a hollow tree. When daylight fails him and the dews of evening begin to fall, his broad nostrils take up the chase, and,, stooping down an^ong the bushes, with a tough forked stick in his hand to support him in his tiring attitude, he follows th.c track as unerringly as any bloodhound, When he runs a snake vto earth, if he cannot surprise it in the open air arid kill it by a sudden blow of his stick, he squats over its hole ? holding the forked end of his sti,ck downward, and makes a low hissing or whistling sound with his lips. , ' Soon the snake puts his head^ out pi the hole and peers around. In an instant' Uie forked stick descends and fixes it to } £he grouSld $y the neck,'and the black- \ M(o-$V,'.feeing ;: \b firmly' with his muscular hands just behind the h,e^d, 8,0 that it cannot bite him, drags i^ o$ of. j the hole and twists its nead off; or, if it is too strong for that, pounds it on the ground till its back is broken. So with the iguanas and all other animals. The j blackfellow never loses their trail, when qi)pe he gets upon it, and having followed them to-'their'lair,' \\q patently njtify ulitil they come out or until'He is able to geit a hand-in and pull them out.' ' ' ■ The bla'ckfetiows declare,'and'probably with truth, that not a single animal can escape them if they have time to hunt a xjim $ 4e^rt country thoroughly,
When they want to return to camp they follow their own trail by sight with the greatest ease, but they say they cannot follow their own trail by scent at all. It has no scent for them, though another man's has a strong scent. This is one of the most curious facts connected with these strange people, but it is only in accord with well-known natural phenomena.
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Wonderful Hunting Powers of the Australian Natives., Ashburton Guardian, Volume xii, Issue 2395, 8 April 1890
Wonderful Hunting Powers of the Australian Natives. Ashburton Guardian, Volume xii, Issue 2395, 8 April 1890
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