'Just let me go down to the barking dogs, and give me something that I can throw to them; they will do nothing to harm me.' As he himself would have it so, they gave him some food for the wild animals
, and led him down to the tower.
For many years they lived peacefully and happily in this sheltered place, never leaving it except to hunt the wild animals
, which served them both for food and clothes.
But the one thing he was not afraid of was wild animals
of the most ferocious sorts, such as lions, tigers, leopards, and jaguars.
"Because of the safety in the Sea Valley, which was because of the wall and the watchers and the guards, and because there was food in plenty for all without having to fight for it, many families came in from the coast valleys on both sides and from the high back mountains where they had lived more like wild animals
This decrease, no doubt, must be partly owing to the introduction of spirits, to European diseases (even the milder ones of which, such as the measles,  prove very destructive), and to the gradual extinction of the wild animals
. It is said that numbers of their children invariably perish in very early infancy from the effects of their wandering life; and as the difficulty of procuring food increases, so must their wandering habits increase; and hence the population, without any apparent deaths from famine, is repressed in a manner extremely sudden compared to what happens in civilized countries, where the father, though in adding to his labour he may injure himself, does not destroy his offspring.
With the automatic swiftness of a wild animal
the black gathered himself to spring.
Toto had been looking with great curiosity in the hole which the boy was digging, and growing more and more excited every minute, perhaps thinking that Button-Bright was after some wild animal
. The little dog began barking loudly and jumped into the hole himself, where he began to dig with his tiny paws, making the earth fly in all directions.
But now and then there came a deep growl from some wild animal
hidden among the trees.
At first I thought he was a wild animal
, because he wore around his waist and over his shoulders a ragged piece of bearskin.
It was a wild animal
fight; the strong trampled the weak, and the strong, he had already discovered,--men like Dowsett, and Letton, and Guggenhammer,--were not necessarily the best.
Looking round like some little wild animal
at the grown-up big people with her bright black eyes, she smiled, unmistakably pleased at their admiring her, and holding her legs sideways, she pressed vigorously on her arms, and rapidly drew her whole back up after, and then made another step forward with her little arms.
"Will nothing else do?" she cried at length, in desperation, her large eyes staring at him like those of a wild animal
. This dressing her up so prettily by her mother had apparently been to lamentable purpose.