Before Tarzan had returned to the tribe, a certain young bull
, not being able to secure a mate from among his own people, had, according to custom, fared forth through the wild jungle, like some knight-errant of old, to win a fair lady from some neighboring community.
He had been torn and chewed by the bull
with which he had fought, and though he had finally overcome and killed the beast, a female which he had pursued had eluded him.
Yet these bulls
are sometimes the most dangerous," said Luis Cervallos.
Dropping the body of the girl to the ground the bull
turned to battle anew for possession of his expensive prize; but this time he looked for an easy conquest.
Several other bulls
, growling and barking, closed in toward the clearing, but they were all much farther from the balu and the panther than was Tarzan of the Apes, so it was that Sheeta and the ape-man reached Teeka's little one almost simultaneously; and there they stood, one upon either side of it, baring their fangs and snarling at each other over the little creature.
As the animal's fierce clawing ceased, the bull
raised his gory, sightless head, and with a horrid roar ran headlong across the arena.
When the animal saw (for the bull
had so much intelligence that it is really wonderful to think of), when he saw that Europa was no longer afraid of him, he grew overjoyed, and could hardly contain himself for delight.
The old bulls
paid no attention to his boastful words, but the eight who had volunteered to accompany him were filled with self-pride so that they stood around vaingloriously beating upon their breasts, baring their fangs and screaming their hideous challenge until the jungle reverberated to the horrid sound.
For awhile we debated whether to go after the wounded bull
or to follow the herd, and finally deciding for the latter alternative, departed, thinking that we had seen the last of those big tusks.
Sometimes a bull
is timid, finding himself in so strange a place, and he stands trembling, or tries to retreat.
The messenger replied that he knew of a much finer bull
called Donn Chuailgne, or Brown Bull
of Cooley, which belonged to Dawra, the chief of Ulster.
It was no more than an ordinary camp marking- flag; but the regiment, always punctilious in matters of millinery, had charged it with the regimental device, the Red Bull
, which is the crest of the Mavericks - the great Red Bull
on a background of Irish green.