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A NATIVE also of the northern division of America, and more particularly of that extensive tract of country which constitutes the newly erected State of Missouri, the Grizzly Bear differs in many striking points, both of character and habits, from the subject of the preceding article, as well as from every other animal of the very natural group of which he forms part. By his elongated, narrowed, and flattened muzzle, added to the slight elevation of his forehead, he is closely connected with th
...e Black Bear of America, and as remarkably distin- guished from the common Brown Bear of Europe, and from the White Bear of the polar regions, which last, in 122 THE TOWER MENAGERIE.
size and general form, offers perhaps the nearest approxi- mation to the present species. But his enormous mag- nitude, which may be stated as averaging twice the bulk of the Black Bear ; the greatly increased size and power of his canine teeth ; and, above all, the excessive length of his talons, on the fore feet especially, afford charac- teristic differences so obvious and so essential, that it is difficult to conceive how they could have been so long overlooked by naturalists as well as travellers, who have all, until within little more than twenty years of the present time, passed him over without even a casual hint that he presented any claims to be considered as distinct from the common species of his country.


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