CHAP. 88.—PROGNOSTICS DERIVED FROM QUADRUPEDS.
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
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
emerging from their holes—all these indicate
approaching changes in the weather.