- H.C.] The Fibres Of The Feather Were
Equal In Length And Closely Fitted, So That They Could Scarcely Be Parted
Without Some Exertion Of Force; And They Were Jet Black, Whilst The Quill
Part Was White.
Those who had seen the bird stated that it was bigger than
the bulk of a couple of elephants, and that hitherto nobody had succeeded
in killing one.
It rises to the clouds with such extraordinary swiftness
that it seems scarcely to stir its wings. In form it is like an eagle.
But although its size and swiftness are so extraordinary, it has much
trouble in procuring food, on account of the density of the forests with
which all that region is clothed. Its own dwelling is in cold and desolate
tracts such as the Mountains of Teroa, i.e. of the Moon; and in the valleys
of that range it shows itself at certain periods. Its black feathers are
held in very high estimation, and it is with the greatest difficulty that
one can be got from the natives, for one such serves to fan ten people,
and to keep off the terrible heat from them, as well as the wasps and
flies" (Ludolf, Hist. Aethiop. Comment, p. 164.)
Abu Mahomed, of Spain, relates that a merchant arrived in Barbary who had
lived long among the Chinese. He had with him the quill of a chick Rukh,
and this held nine skins of water. He related the story of how he came by
this, - a story nearly the same as one of Sindbad's about the Rukh's egg.
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