112 coverings imaginable All the three sheep we killed were perfectly free from any scar, or [disease] The sharp rocks had not cut their legs I could not see a scratch though the roughness of the [ ] [stop] are indescribably great The wool of tame sheep unless constantly watched & doctored becomes diseased & fall off or [dry] up like weeds in time of drowth [drought] But in the wild & where shepherdless [their] hair & [ ] seemed perfect health smooth as the [bust] as a bird. There is no lack of wolves [yet] big gray ones as well
113[a] as coyotes yet they dwell safely & bring forth [their lambs] & protect their lambs shepherdless - & grown to three times the size of tame Incomparably finer in form 3 times as big finer wool -------------------------------------- Wild Sheep This immense horns seem to be intended for beauty & fighting. At last those are the uses they put them to. Van Bremer once witnessed them fighting 2 [against] 1. They go back & run [together] with all their strength like domestic rams. The two struck the one [time] about
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
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