DOINGS IN THE ORANG-UTAN COUNTRY. 375
As we seized the arms and pulled the massive head up to the surface of the water, the monster gave a great gasp, and looked reproachfully at us out of his half-closed eyes. I can never forget the strange and even awful sensation with which I regarded the face of the dying animal. There was nothing in it in the least suggestive of anything human, but I felt as if I had shot some grim and terrible gnome or river-god, a satyr indeed !
a Ahdo ! Ahdo ! a exclaimed Lamudin in Malay, a the Eajah of all the mias ! a
We were all filled with wonder at the huge beast before us. He was a perfect giant in size, larger than any the natives had ever seen before, and the largest ever shot by a naturalist. His head, body, and limbs were simply immense, and his weight could not have been much, if any, less than one hundred and ninety pounds.
To give an idea of his size and proportions, I append his measurements, together with those taken of a man of average weight and stature.
The Orang. (Male.) Medium-sized Man. (Anglo-Saxon.)
Feet. Inches. Feefc. Inches.
Height, head to heel................ 4 5i 5 8
Spread of arms, between finger-tips ... 7 10A 5 7h
Length of arm, armpit to finger-tips... 3 3 2 5
Circumference of head, behind ears... 2 7i 1 10*
2 3f 1 3
3 5* 3 2|
4 2 2 10*
Circumference of arm............... 12 i Hi
1 2 lOf
1 7 1 9
lit 1 2*
185 pounds. 160 pounds.
In another chapter will be found a somewhat extended description of both species of the orang, and therefore I will not offer here any information concerning the external characteristics of the animal referred to above. He has since found a place, with several of his nearest relatives, in a huge glass case in the National Museum at Washington, where he is engaged in a sanguinary a Fight in the