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Nor, indeed, is it surprising that the aquatic birds, or any birds, in fact, should have a perception of the impending changes of the atmosphere. Sheep, however, when they skip and frisk with their clumsy gambols,1 afford us similar prognostics; oxen, when they snuff upwards towards the sky, and lick2 themselves against the hair; unclean swine, when they tear to pieces the trusses of hay that are put for other animals;3 bees, when, contrary to their natural habits of industry, they keep close within the hive; ants, when they hurry to and fro, or are seen carrying forth their eggs; and earthworms,4 emerging from their holes—all these indicate approaching changes in the weather.

1 Indecorâ lasciviâ.

2 Fée suggests that they probably do this to diminish the electric fluid with which the air is charged.

3 Alienos sibi manipulos.

4 This is confirmed by common experience.

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