CHAP. 40. (26.)—WHO FIRST EXHIBITED THE HIPPOPOTAMUS AND THE CROCODILE AT ROME.
M. Scaurus was the first who exhibited this animal at Rome,
together with five crocodiles, at the games which he gave in
his ædileship, in a piece of water1
which had been temporarily
prepared for the purpose. The hippopotamus has even been
our instructor in one of the operations of medicine.2
the animal has become too bulky by continued over-feeding,
it goes down to the banks of the river, and examines the
reeds which have been newly cut; as soon as it has found a
stump that is very sharp, it presses its body against it, and
so wounds one of the veins in the thigh; and, by the flow of
blood thus produced, the body, which would otherwise have
fallen into a morbid state, is relieved; after which, it covers
up the wound with mud.