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We ought not to omit, while we are speaking of instincts, that among birds the swallow1 is quite incapable of being taught, and among land animals the mouse; while on the other hand, the elephant does what it is ordered, the lion submits to the yoke, and the sea-calf and many kinds of fishes are capable of being tamed.

1 Albertus Magnus says that swallows can be tamed.

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