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A book of beasts..

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  • nd so it came to pass that the Lord Almighty brought all the beasts of the world to Adams feet. There, standing above them he named each one and separated them into the beast of the land, birds of

    the sKy, creatures of the sea, serpents of the dust, insects of the ground, and rocKs of the earth. Here are the creatures which Adam has named.

  • he Lion is the beast of all beasts. He resides throughout Africa and specifically the central region. He represents all the power and might as any beast while simultaneously portraying

    a royal and calm attitude. It is not until the lion feeds or is in a position to protect its young that it reveals its ferocity and devours anything in its path. The lions rival in the animal Kingdom is the serpent or dragon. This battle has gone on since the begin-ning of time as the serpent comes to eat the offspring of the lion. The lion, time after time, crushes the sKull of the serpent and eats it.

  • ont blinK or youll miss this fascinating crea-ture. The cheetah, the worlds fastest land mam-mal, has an acceleration that would leave most automobiles in the dust. This feature maKes

    pursuing prey a breeze, due to the cheetahs ability to maKe quicK and sudden turns. Before unleashing their speed, cheetahs use exceptionally Keen eyesight to scan their grassland environment for signs of prey. These daylight hunters benefit from their swift movement and distinctive spotted coats, which allows them to blend easily into high, dry grasses. Cheetahs can survive while only drinKing once every three to four days. These wild beasts are found in eastern and southwestern Africa.

  • oyotes most closely resembles a wolf in appear-ance but is easily distinguished by his sharp fea-tures and clever countenance. Coyotes originate in the southwest quadrant of the North American

    continent. Coyotes carry several interesting physical char-acteristics as well as some useful behaviors. Though coy-otes are born a crisp sKy blue, they roll vigorously in the dusty earth daily to serve as camouflage. This daily ritual is rarely witnessed as coyotes are loathe to be observed in their natural state and are quicK to clothe themselves in dust and dirt whenever approached. Coyotes are often called Gods dog.

    yenas are animals that feasts on the flesh of dead bodies

    and preys on the souls of the living. It is both male and fe-male, therefore it is un-clean. Since its nature is of a rigid body with an inflexible spine, the hyena must turn its whole body if it would liKe to move. However, this seems to be no problem for the devilish crea-

  • ture since it is said that if the hyena maKes three circles around its prey, the victim cannot move. It is said that the hyena hounds the living by imitating voices. However, humans are not its only prey. It is said that, at times, it imitates the shepherds call to lure the sheep toward its open mouth.

    agdalene is clothed in pure white fur. Its head is said to resemble that of a lion with a thicK mane. It is said that the beast walKs on wisps of fog and therefore is

    a friend to the early mornings. A creature that is Known to chase vermin this creature is good lucK to any farmer or gardener. It is said that the creature is shy but friendly, this timidity stems from humans hunting the creature for her valuable fur.

  • rown bears live across the forests of the North. These large beasts tend to stay alone, except for the mother and their small cubs. They feast on salmon that swim upstream. They are also able to heal their own wounds

    by applying the herb Flommus.

    ford. It is now here that the Bear call home and here he will stay lurKing in the shadows of Radford until the end of days.

    ong ago the Bear that now lurKs at Porterfield was Known to have dwelt in the land of Abingdon. The bear slept in the undergrounds of the Barter Theatre where he angered the owner Sir Robert Por-terfield. The brave Sir Porterfield chased the bear all the way up into the mountains of Rad-

  • he thylacine is a marsupial that is shy and secre-tive. When it yawns it shows that he is threat-ened. It is capable of standing on its hind legs

    for brief periods of time. It is similar to the Kangaroo because it has a along tail, a pouch, and hops around. It can open its jaws wide. When it is agitated it lets off an odor. During the daylight, it hides in a cave due to its nocturnal behaviors.

  • nd lo, the Gryphon, with the bodily mem-bers of a lion and

    the wings of an eagle is her-alded as King of both land and air. Its power is drawn from courage and majesty. It is the protector of the world and, if sensing danger with challenge any who ravage the land or its people. As one of the Lords most greatest cre-ations we must only call on it in times of great need.

    he Chimera of Lycia in Asia Minor is a fearsome beast; a

    terrifying female demon with scorching flames for breath, with a gruesome three part body: the mas-sive head and body of a lion, the scrawny, spin-dly head and necK of a goat rising, horrifyingly gracefully, from the lions bacK, and a tail made up

    of the thicK, scaly, head of a serpent. It is the terrible product of the monster Typhon and the Moth-er of all Monsters, Echidna. The beasts siblings are equally as horrid; monsters such as the Lernaean Hydra and Cerberus, guardian of the Underworld.

  • hinos are often very defensive when threatened; they protect themselves by showing their body strength and ramming their opponents with their horns. A male rhino has the standard body

    weight of about 1 ton, but this not only means they are strong, but also means that they cant move very fast, so instead of running from their predators, they defend themselves. Rhinos also have very poor eyesight which maKes it easier for predators to sneaK up on them.

  • edgehog is minuscule, and vulnerable to attacKs without its bristles. When it senses danger, the

    hedgehog will roll into a ball, the pricKles protecting it from the world. It has no extravagance in pattern, and the only colors they carry are the fruits which they bear on their bacKs to bring to their young. The hedgehog seeKs the fruit, and can be found climbing grapevines in the garden. For their simplicity and care for the young, the hedgehog is seen as a symbol of both protection and modesty.

  • hoenix is a rare bird found in Arabia. There is only one in existence. It can live between five hundred and one thousand years. When it is ready to die, the phoenix creates a funeral pyre out of aromatic branches, franK-

    incense, and myrrh. It then turns to face the sun and flaps its wings as flames en-gulf it. On the ninth day, a new phoenix will rise from the ashes. The phoenix gets its name from its color of Phoeni-cian purple. Its cry is a beautiful song. The majestic phoenix can live half of a mil-lennium and is wiser than any other bird. In old age it engulfs itself in flames and burns into new life.

  • aladrius is an all-white bird that comes from Israel and lives in the Kings palace. It can tell if a sicK man is will die and is able to cure his disease. If the Caladrius looKs into the face of a sicK man, it means that he will live. How-

    ever, if it looKs away the sicK man will die of his illness. If the man is worthy of being cured, the Caladrius will looK at him and draw the sicKness into itself. Then the bird will fly up towards the sun where the disease is burned up and destroyed. For this reason, the Caladrius is considered an unclean bird which must not be eaten.

    he New Jersey Devil is a leg-endary creature

    who is said to inhabit the Pine Barrens of southern New Jer-sey. The creature is said to have a horse-liKe face, hooves, a forKed tail, wings, and beady red eyes. As legend goes, this creature is said to avoid humans,

  • but has been seen because of its red eyes and blood-curdling scream. Most often, the sign of the Devil is the creatures unidentifiable tracKs outside the houses near Pine Barren. The New Jersey Devil is mostly seen in the darKest hour of the night, sweeping through the darK forests and swampy bogs. This beast is very unique and liKes to stay out of the way, but if ever encountered, it could be potentially very dangerous.

    eacocKs are beautiful birds brightly colored with feathers that sparKle. Eyes cov-er the tail of the bird and give the peacocK great foresight. This bird is constantly praised for its beauty but when the bird be-comes proud it raises its feathers exposing their feet. The pea-cocK cries out with fear that their viewer

    has seen their ugly feet and no longer concenrates the radiant colors of their feather. The eyes on the feathers foresee the bad to come which cause the bird to cry an awful cry.

  • hale remains floating at the surface for long periods, so its bacK becomes covered with sand. Approaching sailors, thinKing the whale to be an island, land there and build a fire to cooK their

    food. After a time the heat penetrates the whales thicK sKin, it dives to cool itself. The ship is dragged down with it and the sailors drown. Unless you build a fire on the whale, you will be fine for long... maybe. When the whale is hungry it opens its mouth and emits a sweet odor, which attracts small fish. The fish swim into the whales mouth, which closes on them.

  • ermaids have the body of a woman from head to waist, and a fish below. They are found in riv-ers, estuaries, coastal marine waters, swamps,

    and marine wetlands. They are conventionally depicted as beautiful women with long flowing hair. They are vain, and liKe to admire their own image. Some are benevolent, bestowing blessings or falling in love with humans, while others are peri