WONDERFUL DISCOVERY OF A NEW ANIMAL—In our last number we give an account of the finding of a fragment of the knee joint of some gigantic animal, which, from there being no such animal hitherto known to exist in Australia, we supposed to be the fossil remains of some early period. Subsequent information, however; coupled with the fact that the bone was in good preparation, and had altogether a "recent" ap- pearance, has induced us to alter our opinion. On the bone being shown to an intelligent black, he at once recognised it as belonging to the "Bunyip," which he declared he had seen. On being requested to make a drawing of it, he did so without hesitation. The bone and the picture were then shown separately to different blacks who had no opportunity of communicating with each other; and they one and all recognized the bone and picture as belonging to the " Bunyip," repeating the name without variation. One declared he knew where the whole of the bones of one animal
were to be found; another stated his mother was killed by one of them, at at Barwon Lakes, within a few miles of Geelong, and that another woman was killed on the very spot where the punt crosses the Barwon at South Geelong. The most direct evidence of all was that of Mumbowran, who showed several deep wounds on his breast made by the claws of the animal. Another statement was made, that a mare, the property of Mr Furlong, was, about six years ago, seized by one of these animals on the bank of the Little River, and only escaped with a broken leg. They say that the reason why no white-man has ever yet seen it, is because it is amphibious, and does not come on land except on extremely hot days when it basks on the bank; but on the slightest noise or whisper they roll gently over in to the water; scarcely creating a ripple. We have adduced these authorities before giving a description of the animal, lest, from its strange, grotesque, and nondescript character, the reader should have at once set the whole down as fiction. The Bunyip, then, is represented as uniting the characteristics of a bird and of an alligator. It has a head
resembling an emu with a long bill at the extremity of which is a trans- verse projection on each side with serrated edges like the bone of the stingray. Its body and legs partake of the nature of the alligator. The hind legs are remarkably thick; and strong, and their fore legs are much longer, but still of great strength. The extremities are furnished with long claws but the blacks say its usual method of killing its prey is by hugging it to death. When in the water it swims like a frog, and when on shore it walks on its hind legs with its head, erect, in which position it measures twelve or thirteen feet in height. Its breast is said to be covered with different coloured feathers: but the probability is that the blacks have not had a sufficiently near view to ascertain whether its appearance might not arise from hair or scales. They de- sribe it as laying eggs of double the size of the emu's egg, of pale blue colour; these eggs they frequently meet with, but as they are "no good for eating," the black boys set them up for a mark, and throw stones at them.
We intend in a few days, to give a lithographic facsimile of the drawing made by the Black, so that our bush readers may be enabled to question the blacks in their own neigh- bourhood, and should any new facts be elicited, we shall take it as a favour in any one who may transmit an account of them to us for publication. THE CHACE. - Although we do not give regular reports of the va rions " meets" of the Corio Hounds, it is not from want of interest in the sport, nor yet from want of runs and incidents worth chronicling. The lhst two days were particularly satisfactory ;that at Qrmond's on the River Leigh, was one of the most decisive affairs that has occurred, in this part of the colony at least, -- two foxes haviug been killed in succession after sharp runs, and the whole field home to breakfast before eleven o'clock"! On Monday last, at the Breakwater, a silliore stirring suo cession of spuort was exporiendced ; f'or aftcil speed ilyobiaihing a.strong ssent-, anrd a speedy run, the hounds ran into one of the largest il o that :has cver ye a hcn sacriiced to' I)ia ; irom ti~tli'icness ofte f' which hung upon ,t trees;?l however, a numbLr of , g the fid g rown biut such iishiaps oiiy at as "an Scid in the bowl After this fant, atheiihnids 'felluiipon the :scout of ianther'doqg; ? wlii after':a run of four tmiles wascro'ssOed btht of Ikangatroi to 'whci 1hj dogs 'ave thle
pre~ference, and:away they weti t1e th hd chase as if the first two had nl ietted. their a'ppetites; hero several of ltho field who had been hbt n out in thlie Gfrst run, joined in the ' casen~ litheir horses being com paraiti'ely; fr sli, lial : an oppor tunityf mnaking, alnibple amends for hei rfirst a disnppntment; but even for tlifii th'e chase bename~ a. try'ing one, for: i't Was ot ::until twentythree miles.ere passed that Lthe kangaroo (a fine oe)~Iiasklled, :We would not0 be dlin g (-ius tiCO, if -e. did not stat e;thatthe hierb of the clay was Mr 11 NClark who notwithistanding tlhe thick :niist and th-e heavy tim bered cotuniry- (interspersed with iofne'ysUicklbe s?riub, and ".Rpunch bowl vwater-holes, )ikept clos to the hounds till It?i iii~d?~l chas? Was well advanoed, wlen-i blood :andi ,corn, were; obligedi to .gFi ve way under tli;e? severity of' -the paoe - A few 'sich day muiist uniply -oimpen's'ate fior any disappointment whlaien good luick hap pens not - oi? b :in the a;scendant. ' hei Aphrasia lias:been runping int tli Geeilong aind M1elbouriine trade, ailmos't witliouit tiit'er?ilsionli fortlite last thire!years; and lit is. t herefore tlieitiatslio should;undergo a eourse' of ilooriough repair. rhis the proprie tors have resolved~uponzdoing' ; this. day's trip to Mell?ou rne beo?) tho last tiat she wil 'l make fortihe nexi fiveo or sit weeiksiafter?,which sheawillre domniince 'runniing! like?a giant nre freshed:with:wine !'.-::