Mr. Chr. Etty has taken the young Cuckow, & put it in a cage, where the hedge-sparrows feed it. No old Cuckow has been seen to come near it. Mr CHarles Etty brought down with him from London in the coach his two finely-chequered tortoises, natives of the island of Madagascar, which appear to be Testudo geometrica, Linn., and the Testudo tessellat, Raii. One of them was small, & probably a male, weighing about five pounds; the other , which was undoubtedly a female, because it layed an egg the day after it’s arrival, weighed ten pounds and a quarter. The egg was round, & white, & much resembling in size & shape the egg of an owl. Ray says of this species that the shell was “Ellipticae seu ovatae figurae solidae plus quam dimidia pars”: & again, “Ex omnibus quas unquam vidi maxime concava.” Ray’s quadrup: 260. The head, neck, & legs of these were yellow. These tortoises in the morning when put into the coach at Kensignton were brisk, & well; but the small one dyed the first night that they came to Selborne; & the other, two nights after, having received, as it should seem, some Injury on their Journey. When the female was cleared of the contents of her body, a bunch of eggs of about 30 in number was found in her.
Posted by sydney on Jul 17th, 1784